2016-10-24 CAE Avn Expediter crashed after take-off at Malta Luqa

2016-10-24 CAE Avn Expediter crashed after take-off at Malta Luqa

2016-10-24 CAE Avn Expediter crashed after take-off at Malta Luqa


Immediately after take-off at Malta Airport the pilots lost control and crashed. All five persons on board died.

The turboprop aircraft was taking off from runway 13 at Malta-Luqa Airport for a alleged surveillance mission carrying five crewmembers.

The flight was conducted on behalf of French customs service for anti-drug and human trafficking operations along EU’s southern border.

Seconds after lift-off after about one 3rd of the 3544 m long runway, the Expediter (a Metroliner derivate) entered a roll to the right which increased until it was flying in an inverted position.

The climb chanced to a descent and control was subsequently lost. The aircraft impacted terrain in a steep angle right next to the airport perimeter fence and close to the Triq-L industrija road.(see map)

There were no survivors. Among the deceased were three members of the French agency for external security DGSE.

The wreckage burned about 25 minutes until airport and local fire services were able to extinguish the flames.

The French agency BEAD-air (Bureau D’Enquetes Accidentes Défence Air) published an interim report about the accident in December 2017. No specific cause into what have caused the accident had been found yet. Download the report Here




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Type: Swearingen Metroliner
Registration: N577MX
Age a/c: 33.3 years
Constr. No.: 577

Occupants & Casualties

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


Date: 2016-10-24 Time: 07:20
Location: LMML MLA Malta
Country: Malta
Flight phase: ICL – Airborne – 1.000 ft AGL
Damage to a/c: hull loss

Flight no.:
From: LMML/MLA: Malta To: LMML/MLA: Malta
Type: Non Revenue
Operator: CAE Aviation

JACDEC 25-year Statistics :

  • 1st safety occurence for the operator
  • 214th safety occurence of type (SA-227)
  • 7th safety occurence at Malta Airport
  • 1st safety occurence for aircraft in question

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