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Last updated: 27 November 2020
Date:Saturday 12 December 1959
Type:Silhouette image of generic TPIN model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer 3
Operator:Scottish Airlines
Registration: G-AOEN
C/n / msn: 502
First flight: 1956-04-28 (3 years 8 months)
Engines: 2 Alvis Leonides 531
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 14
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 15
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Luabo (   Mozambique)
Phase: Unknown (UNK)
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
The Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer was on a sales demonstration flight in Africa. A flight out of Luabo was made with a takeoff weight within 100 kg of the maximum permitted. The aircraft had climbed to 700 feet when the no. 1 prop was feathered. When over the Zambesi River, the plane began to lose height. The aircraft continued to lose height even with the no. 2 engine at maximum continuous power, so attempts were made to restart the no. 1 engine at 300 feet. These attempts were unsuccessful and a forced landing was carried out on an island in the river. Following impact, the Twin Pioneer slid for approximately 75yds on soft ground and the main gear and both wings became detached.


photo of Scottish-Aviation-Twin-Pioneer-3-G-AOEN
accident date: 12-12-1959
type: Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer 3
registration: G-AOEN
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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