2015-09-21 Tans Maldivian DHC-6 damaged in storm at Kanifushi Resort

2015-09-21 Tans Maldivian DHC-6 damaged in storm at Kanifushi Resort

2015-09-21 Tans Maldivian DHC-6 damaged in storm at Kanifushi Resort


In a stormy night, the aircraft as damaged when it took water and nearly sank.

The empty aircraft was moored at Kanifushi Resort on on a floating pontoon, when strong winds and high waves developed during the night and the next morning.

At dawn the DHC-6 Twin Otter (equipped with floats) were found to have a heavy list with its right wing and engine under water.


The following day the aircraft was salvaged and pulled ashore for provisional repairs.

According to insurer reports, the damage is considered to be substantial.


Date: 2015-09-21 Time: 09:00
Location: Kanifushi Resort
Country: Maldives
Flight phase: STD – Standing with Engine(s) not Operating
Damage to a/c: substantial

Flight no.:
From: 0000/: NONE To: 0000/: NONE
Type: Ground
Operator: Trans Maldivian Airways

Type: DHC-6 Twin Otter
Registration: 8Q-TME
Age a/c: 33.3 years
Constr. No.: 798

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Aircraft Involved

Occupants & Casualties

Crew Pax Other Total
Occupants 0 0 0 0
Fatalities 0 0 0 0
Injuries 0 0 0 0

JACDEC 25-year Statistics :

  • 7th safety occurence for the operator
  • 254th safety occurence of type (DHC-6)
  • 13th safety occurence in the Maldives
  • 1st safety occurence for aircraft in question

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