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Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2005 14:51:15 +0100
From:<ASN Digest>
Subject: ASN Accident Digest 2005-03 Let 410 Farnair

27 JAN 2005 Let 410UVP-E4 Farnair Hungary, HA-LAR, Iasi (Romania), 2(2)

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ASN ACCIDENT DIGEST 2005-03
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Date: 27 JAN 2005
Time: ca 11:30 local
Type: Let 410UVP-E4
Operator: Farnair Hungary
Registration: HA-LAR
Msn / C/n: 871923
Year built: 1987
Crew: 2 fatalities / 2 on board
Passengers: 0 fatalities / 0 on board
Total: 2 fatalities / 2 on board
Airplane damage: Written off
Location: 2 km from Iasi Airport (IAS) (Romania)
Phase: Approach
Nature: Freight
Departure airport: Bucharest-Baneasa Airport (BBU)
Destination airport: Iasi Airport (IAS)
The Let 410 departed Bucharests domestic airport Baneasa for a regular mail flight to Iasi. Weather was poor as the aircraft arrived near Iasi. Snowfall limited the visibility to approx. 2 kilometers with a temperature of -4 deg. C. The first attempt to land was reportedly aborted. On the second attempt the airplane crashed near a road short of the runway.

Source: AFX; Mediafax
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AIRCRAFT PROFILE LET 410
* Last hull-loss accident: 17 NOV 2004 Precisionair (5H-PAC), Kilimanjaro (Tanzania) - 0 fatalities
* Last fatal hull-loss accident: 23 MAY 2004 Blue Bird Aviation (5Y-VVD), Mwingi (Kenya) - 2 fatalities
* Total number of hull-losses: 70 losses (65 accidents, 3 other occurrences (destroyed on ground, shot down) and 2 unknown occurrences)
* 25th worst Let 410 accident
* Survival rate for all fatal Let 410 accidents: on average 30,1% of all occupants survived fatal accidents
* history of msn 871923 (source: Soviet Transports):
- 923 Hungarian Air Force (23 JUL 1987, delivered)
- HA-LAR Farnair (10 DEC 1996, registered)
- HA-LAR Air Afrique (JAN 1997, brief lease)
- HA-LAR Farnair (returned)
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OPERATOR PROFILE FARNAIR
Alliance of European cargo airlines mainly operating express and ad hoc charter flights
* founded: 1990 [Hungary division], 1984 [Swiss division]
* web: http://www.farnair.com
* fleet: Cessna 402, Let 410, Fokker F-27 [Hungary division]
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AIRPORT PROFILE IASI
* ICAO/IATA designators: LRIA / IAS
* Latitude: 47 10' 42.57" N / 027 37' 14.27" E
* Elevation: 397 ft/ 121 m
* Runway: 15/33 (1780 x 30 meters, concrete, no ILS)
A runway extension to 2500 m and a VOR/DME facility for runway 15/33 were planned for Iasi Airport. The status of these changes at the time of the accident is uncertain.
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COUNTRY PROFILE ROMANIA
* Last airliner hull-loss accident: 22 FEB 1996 Antonov 24RV Autoritatea Aeronautica Civila Romana near Baia Mare Airport (BAY) - 8 fatalities
* 16th worst airliner hull-loss accident
* The country is rated Category 1 (meeting ICAO standards) in FAA's International Aviation Safety Assessment Program (IASA)
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2005 SO FAR
* Number of fatal hull-loss airliner accidents : 3 (safety rank since 1945: 13th safest)
* Number of fatalities: 9 (safety rank since 1945: 2nd safest)
(Coverage: fatal, multi engine civil airliner accidents)

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