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Report on Saab 340 loss of control accident released
Last updated: 18 October 2017

published: 01 DEC 2003
by Harro Ranter, ASN

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The Swiss AAIB released the report of their investigation into the January 2000 crash of a Crossair Saab 340 near Zurich. The aircraft entered a spiral dive because the captain probably had lost spatial orientation after switching off the autopilot in IMC. Prior to that the first officer had made an incorrect entry into the FMS after a change in departure clearing. (BFU)