Accident de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 8Q-TMC,
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Date:Monday 17 May 2004
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300
Owner/operator:Trans Maldivian Airways
Registration: 8Q-TMC
MSN: 434
Year of manufacture:1974
Total airframe hrs:44333 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 17
Aircraft damage: Substantial, repaired
Location:Male International Airport (MLE) -   Maldives
Phase: Take off
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Malé International Airport (MLE/VRMM)
Destination airport:Dhaalu Atoll
Investigating agency: CAD Maldives
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
After 14 passengers had boarded the float-equipped Twin Otter, the flight was cleared for west bound takeoff by Male Tower. Wind was 230/09 knots. The total length of the east west runway available for takeoff and maneuvering up to the Hulhule sea wall is approximately 1000 meters. The aircraft seemed to accelerate slowly. Approaching the sea wall captain, realising the height of the aircraft, pulled on the controls to clear the obstacle. The aircraft left float struck the sea wall and separated. The left wing then rotated upwards at the pivot point at the trailing edge of wing. The airplane then impacted runway 18. The right hand float was pushed upwards, causing it to strike the no. 2 propeller.

The crew failed to select the flaps to the standard 20 degrees as required.
The crew failed to abort the take-off.
The Pilot-in- Command did not take any action to abort the take-off as the aircraft approached the sea wall.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAD Maldives
Report number: final report
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 months
Download report: Final report


Civil Aviation Department, Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation, Republic of Maldives
Haveeru Daily



photo (c) Werner Fischdick; Male International Airport (MLE); 03 January 2001

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