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Last updated: 29 October 2020
Fecha:viernes 4 marzo 1988
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic F27 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairchild FH-227B
Operador:Transport Aérien Transrégional - TAT
Registración: F-GCPS
Numéro de série: 546
Año de Construcción: 1967
Horas Totales de la Célula:33142
Motores: 2 Rolls-Royce Dart 532-7
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 3 / Ocupantes: 3
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 20 / Ocupantes: 20
Total:Fatalidades: 23 / Ocupantes: 23
Daños en la Aeronave: Destruido
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:1,6 km (1 milles) E of Machault (   Francia)
Fase: Aproximación (APR)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Doméstico Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:Nancy-Essey Airport (ENC/LFSN), Francia
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Paris-Orly Airport (ORY/LFPO), Francia
Número de Vuelo:IJ230
TAT Flight 230 departed Nancy, France, at 06:53 hours for Paris-Orly and climbed to a cruising altitude of FL140. At 07:26 the aircraft was cleared to descend to FL90 and later FL70. Approaching the MEL VOR, clearance was given to descend further to FL60. About 07:37 the aircraft entered a steep descent at a rate of 16000 ft/min. Twenty seconds later the aircraft struck power lines and impacted the ground.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE (translated from original French language report): Immediately after an electrical systems failure occurred in instrument weather conditions, the aircraft pitched nose down.
The Committee was unable to acquire any certainty as to the cause of this catastrophic descent.
After eliminating various assumptions invalidated by the established facts and findings and after reviewing the results of flight tests conducted at its request, the commission assigned higher probability to the hypothesis that the electrical fault caused a loss of attitude reference and autopilot disconnect which would have occurred while the aircraft was configured 'out of trim' in a nose down attitude.
In the absence of independent standby horizon, the crew had no usable attitude reference immediately available while the aircraft was in a high-speed dive.

» ICAO Circular 260-AN/154 (1-11)
» Aérosteles : Lieux de mémoire aéronautique


photo of Fairchild-FH-227B-F-GCPS
accident date: 04-03-1988
type: Fairchild FH-227B
registration: F-GCPS
photo of Fairchild-FH-227B-F-GCPS
accident date: 04-03-1988
type: Fairchild FH-227B
registration: F-GCPS

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Nancy-Essey Airport to Paris-Orly Airport as the crow flies is 282 km (176 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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