2016-10-08 Air Vanuatu DHC-6 elevator cable snapped Walaha

2016-10-08 Air Vanuatu DHC-6 elevator cable snapped Walaha
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2016-10-08 Air Vanuatu DHC-6 elevator cable snapped Walaha

Narrative

Shortly before landing at Walaha, the elevator cable snapped. Despite the mishap, the pilots were able to land without further problems. The incident is under investigation.

According to local media reports, the Twin Otter aircraft was less than a minute away from landing at Wahala grass strip, West Ambae, when its elevator control cable suddenly snapped.

Despite a lack of elevator pitch control, the pilot was able to land in a normal fashion (possibly by using the trim tab) and the DHC-6 came to a safe stop. No one was injured.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vanuatu (CAAV) has confirmed the incident. An investigation has been launched.

The broken cable was about 6 months old and was manufactured in New Zealand. The airline urged an inspection of all DHC-6 aircraft in their fleet. No other case of ruptured control cables was discovered.

NOTE: at least there were two other cases in which a snapped elevator cable lead to a fatal accident. 

  1. . 1994-09-17 DHC-6 C-FDMR Pacific Coastal Air, near Port Hardy, BC, Canada, 3 dead

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  2. 2007-08-09 DHC-6 F-OIQI Air Moorea, off Moorea, Fr. Polynesia, 20 dead
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Aircraft Involved

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Aircraft
Type: DHC-6 Twin Otter
Registration: YJ-RV10
Age a/c: 36.5 years
Constr. No.: 679

Occupants & Casualties

Crew Pax Other Total
Occupants 1 19 0 20
Fatalities 0 0 0 0
Injuries  0 0 0 0

 

OCCURENCE DATASET
Date: 2016-10-08 Time: 15:00
Location: NVSW WLH Walaha
Country: Vanuatu
Flight phase: APR – Initial Approach (IFR), Final Approach, all Circuit Patterns, Missed Approach/Go-Around
Damage to a/c: none

Flight
Flight no.:
From: 0000/: NONE To: NVSW/WLH: Walaha
Type: Passenger
Operator: Air Vanuatu

JACDEC 25-year Statistics :

  • 3rd safety occurence for the operator
  • 247th safety occurence of type (Twin Otter)
  • 2nd safety occurence at Walaha Airstrip
  • 2nd safety occurence for aircraft in question
    • 1983 aft fuselage damaged in unk. accident in Africa

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AP = Airport / AL = Airlines / Avn = Aviation / AW = Airways / C/N: Construction Number / DSP = Domestic Scheduled Passenger / DNP = Domestic Non-Scheduled Passenger / DSC = Domestic Scheduled Cargo / DNC= Domestic Non-Scheduled Cargo / GND = On the ground / parked, stored / FMN= Flying Mission, Air Work / FRY = Ferry-, Positioning Flight / IMC = Intrument Meteorological (flying) Conditions / ISP = International Scheduled Passenger / ISC=International Scheduled Cargo / INP = International Non-Scheduled Passenger / INC =International Non-Scheduled Cargo/ OPS = Flight Operation(s) / NRV = Non-revenue, Private Flight / TRN =Training Flight /  TST = Test & Certification Flight / VMC = Visual Meteorological (flying) Conditions 

Narrative

During cruiseflight, the aircraft experienced a catastrophic failure of its left engine. The pilots managed to make an emergency landing at Pensacola, FL.

Southwest Flight WN 3472 took off from New Orleans Intl Airport (MSY, KMSY) at 09:10L on runway 01 and made a normal climb-out to its assigned en-route altitude. While the 737 was climbing through 31.000 ft, heading east over the Gulf of mexico, approximately seven miles south of the western tip of Horn Island, a catastrophic failure of the foreward casing of the left engine (model: CFM-56-7B24) took place. 

About 12 minutes after departure, the air-inlet cowl detached, broke away and plummeted into the sea.

The pilots immedately dicontinued their climb and initiated an emergency descend.

There is indication that oxygen masks were deployed to passengers and crewmembers. 

The flight was given vectors for an emergency landing at Pensacola Airport, FL where the 737 touched down safely on runway 17 about 20 minutes later. However, post-flight inspection revealed damage to the wing section close to the engine pylon and debris impact damage to the aft fuselage. 

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Aircraft Involved

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Aircraft
Type: Boeing 737-700
Registration: N766SW
Age a/c: 16.4 years
Constr. No.: 29806

Occupants & Casualties

Crew Pax Other Total
Occupants 5 99 0 104
Fatalities 0 0 0 0
Injuries  0 0 0 0

 

OCCURENCE DATASET
Date: 2016-08-27 Time: 09:22
Location: KPNS PNS Pensacola Regl area
Country: United States of America
Flight phase: ENR – Cruise, Descent, Holding
Damage to a/c: substantial

Flight
Flight no.: WN 3472
From: KMSY/MSY: New Orleans Intl To: KMCO/: Orlando Intl
Type: Passenger
Operator: Southwest Airlines

JACDEC 25-year Statistics :

  • 69th safety occurence for the operator
  • 102nd safety occurence of type (B737-700)
  • 3rd safety occurence at Pensacola Airport
  • 2nd safety occurence for aircraft in question
    – 2015-05-26 cargo smoke indication near Los Angeles

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AP = Airport / AL = Airlines / Avn = Aviation / AW = Airways / C/N: Construction Number / DSP = Domestic Scheduled Passenger / DNP = Domestic Non-Scheduled Passenger / DSC = Domestic Scheduled Cargo / DNC= Domestic Non-Scheduled Cargo / GND = On the ground / parked, stored / FMN= Flying Mission, Air Work / FRY = Ferry-, Positioning Flight / IMC = Intrument Meteorological (flying) Conditions / ISP = International Scheduled Passenger / ISC=International Scheduled Cargo / INP = International Non-Scheduled Passenger / INC =International Non-Scheduled Cargo/ OPS = Flight Operation(s) / NRV = Non-revenue, Private Flight / TRN =Training Flight /  TST = Test & Certification Flight / VMC = Visual Meteorological (flying) Conditions