Flugunfall 22 OCT 2020 einer de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 8Q-TMR - Medhafushi Water Aerodrome
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Datum:Donnerstag 22 Oktober 2020
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300
Fluggesellschaft:Trans Maldivian Airways
Kennzeichen: 8Q-TMR
Werknummer: 270
Baujahr: 1969
Anzahl Zyklen der Zelle:92582
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 14
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 17
Sachschaden: schwer beschädigt
Konsequenzen: Repaired
Unfallort:Medhafushi Water Aerodrome (   Malediven)
Flugphase: Landung (LDG)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Malé-Velana International Airport (MLE/VRMM), Malediven
Flug nach:Medhafushi Water Aerodrome, Malediven
The float-equipped DHC-6-300 aircraft, registration 8Q-TMR was operated by Trans Maldivian Airways on a scheduled flight from Velana International Airport outbound to Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Resort (Medhafushi Island at Noonu Atoll. The first officer was Pilot Flying.
The captain, not being aware of the first officer's limited experience, allowed him to carry out a crosswind landing inside the lagoon, which was considered challenging due to hard to see swells and boat activity in close proximity.
The aircraft landed inside the island lagoon. After a normal touch down and upon selection of engine reverse, the pilots noticed that the engine reverse were producing asymmetric reverse power and that the aircraft was veering to the left - towards anchored vessels. The captain took control of the aircraft and attempted to control the situation but was unsuccessful and as a consequence the aircraft collided with one of the anchored vessels (Sun Cruise 09).
As a result of the collision the aircraft sustained damages to its left-hand wing and propeller blades, and the vessel Sun Cruise 09 suffered damage. At the time of the collision no person was onboard the vessel.
After the collision, the captain reversed the aircraft and taxied to the fixed platform, using engine power.
All passengers and crew disembarked safely. No injuries to crew or passengers were reported.
At the time of the accident the weather at the water aerodrome was reportedly calm and sunny, with westerly wind (a left cross wind) of around 7 knots, and good visibility.

Probable Cause:

Causes / Contributing Factors
The AICC determines that the causes / contributing factors of this incident as:
a. The landing line is too close to the anchored boats;
b. Abnormal differential spooling of the engines during reverse;
c. The prevailing left cross wind.

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: AICC Maldives
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 2 months
Accident number: 2020/04
Download report: Final report

» AICC Preliminary report


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Distance from Malé-Velana International Airport to Medhafushi Water Aerodrome as the crow flies is 173 km (108 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

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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