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Last updated: 23 August 2019
Status:Final
Date:Friday 22 October 2004
Time:10:33
Type:Silhouette image of generic F406 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Reims Cessna F406 Caravan II
Operator:Highland Airways
Registration: G-TWIG
C/n / msn: F406-0014
First flight: 1987
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-112
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:60 km (37.5 mls) NW of Inverness (   United Kingdom)
Crash site elevation: 756 m (2480 feet) amsl
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Stornoway Airport (SYY/EGPO), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Inverness Airport (INV/EGPE), United Kingdom
Narrative:
A Reims Cessna F406 Caravan II, G-TWIG, operated by Highland Airways, was destroyed when it collided with mountainous terrain northwest of Inverness, U.K.
The pilot was killed.
The airplane departed Stornoway Airport (SYY) at 10:15 on a positioning flight to Inverness Airport (INV). At 10:29 the pilot was cleared to descend from FL95 to FL75. Three minutes later radar contact was lost.
The aircraft wreckage was found by a mountain rescue team the following day at 13:30. It was located at an elevation of 2,480 ft amsl on Meall Feith na Slataich, a broad mountain ridge in a remote area of the Scottish Highlands.

Probable Cause:

CONCLUSION: "During a gentle descent from FL95 to FL75 in instrument meteorological conditions G-TWIG rapidly entered a dramatic and sustained manoeuvre from what initially appeared to be controlled flight at normal descent speed. Despite a determined and thorough investigation, because there was insufficient evidence from which to draw a firm conclusion, the cause or causal factors for this rapid deviation from controlled flight could not be identified."

Classification:
Loss of control

Sources:
» AAIB


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Distance from Stornoway Airport to Inverness Airport as the crow flies is 153 km (96 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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