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Last updated: 15 September 2019
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Wednesday 30 September 2015
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH8D model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-8-402Q Dash 8
Registration: LX-LGH
C/n / msn: 4420
First flight: 2012
Total airframe hrs:7131
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW150A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 16
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 20
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Saarbrücken-Ensheim Airport (SCN) (   Germany)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Saarbrücken-Ensheim Airport (SCN/EDDR), Germany
Destination airport:Luxembourg-Findel Airport (LUX/ELLX), Luxembourg
A DHC-8-402Q operated by Luxair was involved in an aborted takeoff accident at Saarbrücken-Ensheim Airport (SCN), Germany.
Luxair LG9562 was a scheduled passenger service from Hamburg Airport, Germany to Saarbrücken and Luxembourg.
Following an intermediate stop at Saarbrücken the aircraft was cleared for takeoff on runway 09. Upon lifting off the runway, the first officer retracted the undercarriage. The aircraft sank back on the runway with its gear retracted and came to rest about 360 m (1180 ft) before the end of the paved surface of the runway.
Runway 09/27 is an asphalt runway, 2000 m (6562 ft) long.

Premature gear retraction on take-off

» Luxair statement

METAR Weather report:
07:50 UTC / 09:50 local time:
EDDR 300750Z 07015KT CAVOK 10/04 Q1030 TEMPO 06015G25KT

08:20 UTC / 10:20 local time:
EDDR 300820Z 07015KT CAVOK 11/04 Q1030 TEMPO 06015G25KT

08:50 UTC / 10:50 local time:
EDDR 300850Z 07015KT CAVOK 12/04 Q1030 TEMPO 06015G25KT
Wind 070 degrees at 15 knots; Temperature 12°C, Dew point 4°C; WNH 1030 mb; temporary wind 060 degrees at 15 kts, gusting to 25 kts. [Notam says: Metar issues CAVOK without considering present weather and TCU/CB]

09:20 UTC / 11:20 local time:
EDDR 300920Z 06012G22KT 9999 FEW030 12/03 Q1030 NOSIG


photo of DHC-8-402Q-Dash-8-LX-LGH
accident date: 30-09-2015
type: de Havilland Canada DHC-8-402Q Dash 8
registration: LX-LGH

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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 Saarbrücken-Ensheim Airport to Luxembourg-Findel Airport as the crow flies is 79 km (49 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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