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Last updated: 12 November 2019
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Date:Thursday 24 August 2000
Type:Silhouette image of generic L410 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Let L-410UVP
Operator:West Coast Airways
Registration: 9L-LBN
C/n / msn: 851334
First flight: 1985
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Freetown-Lungi International Airport (FNA) (   Sierra Leone)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Freetown-Lungi International Airport (FNA/GFLL), Sierra Leone
Destination airport:Freetown-Hastings Airport (HGS/GFHA), Sierra Leone
Narrative:
The Let L-410UVP, 9L-LBN, departed Freetown's Lungi Airport on a short repositioning flight to Hastings Airport.
The aircraft entered clouds as it was climbing through 500 feet. When exiting the cloud, the flight crew noticed a Mil Mi-8T helicopter nearby. They attempted to avoid a collision, but the Mi-8's main rotors cut into the L-410's tail, causing substantial damage. Both aircraft were able to land safely.
The Mi-8 (RA-22248) was operated by Nefteyugansk Air Enterprise on behalf of the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL).

Classification:
Mid air collision
Forced landing on runway

Sources:
» Photo of damaged aircraft at Airliners.net
» Air International February 2001, p78
» Soviet Transports


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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 Freetown-Lungi International Airport to Freetown-Hastings Airport as the crow flies is 25 km (16 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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