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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 191107
Last updated: 19 July 2019
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Date:13-SEP-1994
Time:06:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic B733 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-3Q8
Owner/operator:Polynesian Airlines
Registration: 5W-ILF
C/n / msn: 26282
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 73
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Faleolo International Airport -   Samoa
Phase: Landing
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Destination airport:Apia, Samoa
Narrative:
Operating flight PH844 between Tonga and Samoa, on approach to Faleolo the crew realised the starboard main undercarriage would not lower. On inspection, the body of a young male stow away was found to be jamming the starboard undercarriage.
The aircraft made an emergency landing at Faleolo using only the nosewheel and port umdercarriage. There was minimal damage to the aircraft, and all 72 passengers and crew were unhurt in the incident. Police later recovered the body of the dead stow away.

Sources:

https://taic.org.nz/inquiries?SkinSrc=[G]skins%2ftaicAviation%2fskin_aviation
The Camberra Times 15 Sep 1994 sourced from https://trove.nla.govt.au/newspapers/article/118137875/13361139

Safety recommendations:

Safety recommendation 078/94 issued 29 May 1995 by TAIC to Minister of Transport in Western Samoa
Safety recommendation 079/94 issued 29 May 1995 by TAIC to Minister of Transport in Western Samoa


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
23-May-2018 03:53 Ron Averes Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
23-May-2018 03:56 Ron Averes Updated [Narrative]

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