Accident Saab 340A C6-HBW,
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Date:Tuesday 7 February 2017
Type:Silhouette image of generic SF34 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Saab 340A
Owner/operator:Western Air
Registration: C6-HBW
MSN: 340A-067
Year of manufacture:1986
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 34
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Freeport-Grand Bahama International Airport (FPO) -   Bahamas
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Freeport-Grand Bahama International Airport (FPO/MYGF)
Destination airport:Nassau-Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS/MYNN)
Investigating agency: AAID Bahamas
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Western Air flight 708, a Saab 340, suffered a runway excursion after landing rollout at Freeport-Grand Bahama International Airport, Bahamas.
About three minutes into the flight there was a failure of the left main and essential bus that prompted a return to Freeport. Upon landing on runway 06, there was a collapse of the left main gear and subsequently a runway excursion occurred. Minor injuries were reported to passengers.

The Air Accident Investigation Department has determined that the probable cause of this accident was ineffective crew resource management and an unstable approach which led to the failure of the left main landing gear upon touchdown. Contributing factors to this accident includes; inadequate systems knowledge, lack of situational awareness and failure to diagnose and remedy multiple system failures in a timely manner resulted in compound failures being escalated to an emergency. The apparent rush to get on the ground without exploring other possible options to identify and verify landing gear security also contributed to the severity of this accident.
- Ineffective CRM, complacency and a complete departure from company standard operating procedures and regulatory requirements were evidently a contributing factor in this accident.
- Inadequate training and systems knowledge of both airman greatly contributed to the accident.
- Hurried approach to get on the ground and failure to explore all available options to remedy the gear unsafe situation encountered was also a contributory factor.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAID Bahamas
Report number: A17-000602
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 11 months
Download report: Final report


Air Accident Investigation Department of The Bahamas



photo (c) Werner Fischdick; Nassau-Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS/MYNN); 03 January 2015

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