ASN Aircraft accident Let L-410UVP-E3 HH-PRV Cap Haitien Airport (CAP)
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Date:Sunday 24 August 2003
Type:Silhouette image of generic L410 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Let L-410UVP-E3
Operator:Tropical Airways
Registration: HH-PRV
MSN: 872001
First flight: 1987
Total airframe hrs:2982
Engines: 2 Walter M-601E
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 19 / Occupants: 19
Total:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 21
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:2 km (1.3 mls) SW of Cap Haitien Airport (CAP) (   Haiti)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Cap Haitien Airport (CAP/MTCH), Haiti
Destination airport:Port-de-Paix Airport (PAX/MTPX), Haiti
Tropical Airways flight 1301, a Let 410, took off from runway 05 at Cap Haitien Airport about 04:50 for a flight to Port-de-Paix, Haiti. Shortly after takeoff the pilot requested clearance to return to the airport in order to close the door of the forward baggage hold, which had apparently opened during takeoff. On the right base leg when starting the turn onto final, the aircraft stalled and impacted a sugar cane field.

Probable Cause:

MAIN CAUSE (translated from original French language report):
Stall during approach phase while on the downwind leg caused by the loss of VMC at low altitude.

1) failure of the crew to manage the approach procedure (Poor CRM)
a) use of maximum flaps (42)
b) insufficient altitude
c) lack of coordination between crew members
2) possible state of fatigue of the captain
3) Possible excess weight
4) opening of the baggage hold door, observed during takeoff.

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: ONAC Haiti
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 8 months
Accident number: Final report
Download report: Final report

Cargo door failure
Loss of control

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Distance from Cap Haitien Airport to Port-de-Paix Airport as the crow flies is 72 km (45 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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