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Last updated: 29 February 2020
Fecha:lunes 10 abril 1989
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic F27 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairchild FH-227B
Operado por:Europe Aero Service - EAS
Alquilado a :Uni-Air International
Registración: F-GGDM
Numéro de série: 532
Año de Construcción: 1966
Horas Totales de la Célula:27249
Motores: 2 Rolls-Royce Dart 532-7
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 3 / Ocupantes: 3
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 19 / Ocupantes: 19
Total:Fatalidades: 22 / Ocupantes: 22
Daños en la Aeronave: Destruido
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:Léoncel (   Francia)
Elevación del lugar del accidente: 1260 m (4134 feet) amsl
Fase: Aproximación (APR)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Doméstico No Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:Paris-Orly Airport (ORY/LFPO), Francia
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Valence-Chabeuil Airport (VAF/LFLU), Francia
Número de Vuelo: 602
EAS Flight 602 took off from Paris at 19:55 for a flight to Valance. The aircraft proceeded to Valence at FL130. At 20:43 the flight passed the Lespi intersection and continued on a 133deg heading to the VNE VOR. At 20:49 the aircraft was cleared to descend to FL70 and FL60 when approaching VNE VOR. At 20:56 the FH-227 passed the VNE VOR and was to head 178deg for Valence. The aircraft however continued on a 155deg heading. The heading was changed to 178deg at 21:04. At 21:07 the aircraft struck a mountain (Col de Tourniol) at 1260 m.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE (translated from original French language report): "The accident is the direct result of a navigational error. This error had the direct causes:
1) the display and use the VOR LSA instead of VNE;
2) an insufficiency in the mental representation of the path of the aircraft despite other available information.
Moreover, the lack of rigor in the division of work in their execution and in the mutual control are contributing factors.
The Committee also noted that the following facts have facilitated the development of a critical situation:
1) documentation of the crew used for navigation and organization of the dashboard of the plane could be sources of error,
2) the organization of the airspace in the region of Valence did not allow optimal use of existing radar;
3) the tasks of the crew were not defined by the operator;
4) the co-pilot had a moderate but significant blood alcohol level."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BEA
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: Report f-dm890410
Download report: Final report

» ICAO Circular 262-AN/156 (102-109) Commission d'Enquete sur l'accident survenu le 10 avril 1989 pres de Valence, commune de Léoncel (26), à l'avion FH227, immatriculé F-GGDM, exploité par la compagnie Uni-Air International


photo of Fairchild-FH-227B-F-GGDM
photo of Fairchild-FH-227B-F-GGDM
accident date: 10-04-1989
type: Fairchild FH-227B
registration: F-GGDM

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 Paris-Orly Airport to Valence-Chabeuil Airport as the crow flies is 464 km (290 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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