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Last updated: 18 June 2021
Datum:zaterdag 27 mei 2017
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Trans Maldivian Airways
Registratie: 8Q-TMV
Constructienummer: 625
Bouwjaar: 1979-05-22 (38 years )
Aantal vlieguren:57523
Motoren: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 3
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 9
Totaal:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 12
Schade: Groot
Plaats:Malé-Velana International Airport (MLE) (   Maldiven)
Fase: Landing (LDG)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse charter
Vliegveld van vertrek:Rangali Island, Maldiven
Vliegveld van aankomst:Malé-Velana International Airport (MLE/VRMM), Maldiven
A DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 float plane, operated by Trans Maldivian Airways, suffered an accident while landing on the Hulhulé Lagoon, next to the Malé-Velana International Airport. The aircraft originated from the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort at 08:08 hours local time. The co-pilot was Pilot Flying.
The flight and approach to Malé were uneventful. While landing the left float touched the water first, then the aircraft bounced
and ballooned. It then landed on the left float for a second time, and bounced again. Then the aircraft was banking excessively to the right digging the right wing tip in the water, making the aircraft veer to the right.
Then the aircraft crashed on water banking to the left with the left float digging into the water. After the accident the aircraft came to rest with the left hand wing touching the water with an apparently collapsed left hand float attachment.

Probable Cause:

a. Improper recovery techniques from a bounced landing; application of go-around procedures whilst the aircraft was at low speed with flaps fully extended.
b. Breakdown of crew coordination during the attempted go-around.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AICC Maldives
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 4 months
Accident number: 2017/01
Download report: Final report


METAR Weather report:
03:00 UTC / 08:00 local time:
VRMM 280300Z 24014KT 9999 SCT018 BKN270 29/25 Q1010 NOSIG

04:00 UTC / 09:00 local time:
VRMM 280400Z 24014KT 9999 SCT018 BKN270 30/26 Q1010 NOSIG


AICC Maldives issued 5 Safety Recommendations

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photo of DHC-6-Twin-Otter-300-8Q-TMV
photo of DHC-6-Twin-Otter-300-8Q-TMV
accident date: 27-05-2017
type: de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300
registration: 8Q-TMV

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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Rangali Island en Malé-Velana International Airport bedraagt 109 km (68 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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