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Last updated: 16 February 2019
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:mardi 7 février 2017
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic SF34 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Saab 340A
Compagnie:Western Air
Immatriculation: C6-HBW
Numéro de série: 340A-067
Année de Fabrication: 1986-08-22 (30 years 6 months)
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord: 3
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 31
Total:victimes: 0 / à bord: 34
Dégats de l'appareil: Substantiels
Lieu de l'accident:Freeport-Grand Bahama International Airport (FPO) (   Bahamas)
Phase de vol: A l'atterrissage (LDG)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Nat.
Aéroport de départ:Freeport-Grand Bahama International Airport (FPO/MYGF), Bahamas
Aéroport de destination:Nassau-Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS/MYNN), Bahamas
Numéro de vol:WT708
Western Air flight 708, a Saab 340, suffered a runway excursion after landing rollout at Freeport-Grand Bahama International Airport, Bahamas.
About three minutes into the flight there was a failure of the left main and essential bus that prompted a return to Freeport. Upon landing on runway 06, there was a collapse of the left main gear and subsequently a runway excursion occurred. Minor injuries were reported to passengers.

Probable Cause:

The Air Accident Investigation Department has determined that the probable cause of this accident was ineffective crew resource management and an unstable approach which led to the failure of the left main landing gear upon touchdown. Contributing factors to this accident includes; inadequate systems knowledge, lack of situational awareness and failure to diagnose and remedy multiple system failures in a timely manner resulted in compound failures being escalated to an emergency. The apparent rush to get on the ground without exploring other possible options to identify and verify landing gear security also contributed to the severity of this accident.
- Ineffective CRM, complacency and a complete departure from company standard operating procedures and regulatory requirements were evidently a contributing factor in this accident.
- Inadequate training and systems knowledge of both airman greatly contributed to the accident.
- Hurried approach to get on the ground and failure to explore all available options to remedy the gear unsafe situation encountered was also a contributory factor.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAID Bahamas
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 12 months
Accident number: A17-000602
Download report: Final report

» Air Accident Investigation Department of The Bahamas

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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 Freeport-Grand Bahama International Airport et Nassau-Lynden Pindling International Airport est de 208 km (130 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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