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Accident description
Last updated: 26 February 2017
Status:Preliminary
Date:Tuesday 7 February 2017
Time:ca 17:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic SF34 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Saab 340A
Operator:Western Air
Registration: C6-HBW
C/n / msn: 340A-067
First flight: 1986-08-22 (30 years 6 months)
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 33
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 36
Airplane damage: Unknown
Location:Freeport-Grand Bahama International Airport (FPO) (   Bahamas)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Freeport-Grand Bahama International Airport (FPO/MYGF), Bahamas
Destination airport:Nassau-Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS/MYNN), Bahamas
Flightnumber: 708
Narrative:
Western Air flight 708, a Saab 340, suffered a runway excursion after landing rollout at Freeport-Grand Bahama International Airport, Bahamas.
According to a statement by Western Air, the crew received a warning regarding the electrical system shortly after takeoff from Freeport. The aircraft returned to land as a precaution. As the aircraft was preparing to turn onto the taxiway, the left main landing gear malfunctioned, causing the aircraft to swerve off the runway.

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Distance from Freeport-Grand Bahama International Airport to Nassau-Lynden Pindling International Airport as the crow flies is 208 km (130 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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