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Last updated: 23 January 2020
Date:Thursday 17 January 1963
Type:Silhouette image of generic TPIN model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer 1
Operator:Bristow Helicopters
Registration: G-APLN
C/n / msn: 526
First flight: 1958-04-13 (4 years 9 months)
Engines: 2 Alvis Leonides 514
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:22 km (13.8 mls) off Chepbeica (   Morocco)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Marrakech-Menara Airport (RAK/GMMX), Morocco
Destination airport:Puerto del Rosario Airport, Canary Islands/Fuerteventura Island (FUE/GCFV), Spain
The Twin Pioneer departed Southend on a ferry flight to Dakar. Intermediate night time stops were planned at Marrakech, Agadir, Fuerteventura and Las Palmas. Over Agadir the captain decided to continue to Fuerteventura in the Canary Island and revised his ETA there. The crew however were not able to contact Fuerteventura by HF or VHF radio. Nor were they able to pick up the Fuerteventura NDB or any other beacon. Uncertain about their position, the captain decided to return to the mainland. Short on fuel, the pilot eventually decided to ditch the plane near fishing vessel.

Probable Cause:

It was subsequently established that the Fuerteventura NDB was not operating at the time requested by the Captain in the Flight Plan; the Plight Plan was received in Las Palmas before the aircraft departed Marrakech, but Fuerteventura aerodrome had by that time closed, in accordance with the published hours of watch.

Navigational beacons inoperative

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Distance from Marrakech-Menara Airport to Puerto del Rosario Airport, Canary Islands/Fuerteventura Island as the crow flies is 657 km (411 miles).

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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