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Last updated: 25 January 2021
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:mercredi 18 janvier 2012
Heure:17:11
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic DH8C model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-8-315Q MPA
Compagnie:Japan Coast Guard
Immatriculation: JA720A
Numéro de série: 651
Année de Fabrication: 2007
Heures de vol:2858
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord: 9
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 0
Total:victimes: 0 / à bord: 9
Dégats de l'appareil: Substantiels
Conséquences: Repaired
Lieu de l'accident:près de Kitakojima Island (   Japon)
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Surveillance
Aéroport de départ:Okinawa-Naha Airport (OKA/ROAH), Japon
Aéroport de destination:Ishigaki Airport (ISG/ROIG), Japon
Détails:
A Bombardier DHC-8-315, JA720A operated by the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) took off from Naha Airport at 14:48 local time for marine patrol flight over the East China Sea with the destination to Ishigaki Airport.
Immediately after the airplane made a left turn near Kitakojima Island, the pilot in command found four birds about 100 m ahead. However, there was no time to avoid the birds; accordingly, the airplane had head-on collision with one of them. The first officer also spotted the birds and tried to inform the captain; however, no time was left for him to do so. The event took place at 17:11 near Kitakojima Island at 1,000 ft when the airplane was flying at 170 kts.
The pilot in command looking toward the nose from cockpit confirmed there was damage to the nose. He decided to abort the mission and headed for Ishigaki Airport, the destination.
During the flight the indication of the left seat speedometer fluctuated more than that of the right one. Flight control system, engine and electric systems remained normal. The airplane uneventfully landed at the destination at 18:04.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSES: "In this accident the airplane sustained damage due to bird strike at 1,000 ft during marine patrol flight near Kitakojima island."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: JTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 11 months
Accident number: AA2013-1
Download report: Final report


Photos

photo of DHC-8-315Q-MPA-JA720A
accident date: 18-01-2012
type: de Havilland Canada DHC-8-315Q MPA
registration: JA720A
photo of DHC-8-315Q-MPA-JA720A
accident date: 18-01-2012
type: de Havilland Canada DHC-8-315Q MPA
registration: JA720A
photo of DHC-8-315Q-MPA-JA720A
accident date: 18-01-2012
type: de Havilland Canada DHC-8-315Q MPA
registration: JA720A
 

Plan
Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Okinawa-Naha Airport et Ishigaki Airport est de 402 km (251 miles).

Les informations ci-dessus ne représentent pas l'opinion de la 'Flight Safety Foundation' ou de 'Aviation Safety Network' sur les causes de l'accident. Ces informations prélimimaires sont basées sur les faits tel qu'ils sont connus à ce jour.
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