2016-01-08 West Atlantic Canadair CRJ-200 crashed in Sweden

2016-01-08 West Atlantic Canadair CRJ-200 crashed in Sweden

2016-01-08 West Atlantic Canadair CRJ-200 crashed in Sweden


UPDATE 2016-12-12

FINAL Report of Statens haverikommission  
LINK (pdf)

The accident was caused by insufficient operational prerequisites for the management of a failure in a redundant system. Contributing factors were:

 The absence of an effective system for communication in abnormal and emergency situations.

 The flight instrument system provided insufficient guidance about malfunctions that occurred.

 The initial manoeuver that resulted in negative G-loads probably affected the pilots‘ ability to manage the situation in a rational manner.

PRELIMINARY Report of Statens haverikommission  LINK (pdf)

 Accident site with 10 meter distance circles. CVR was found at the red cross closest to the center, FDR at the second cross. (Photo: Swedish Police)
© SHK statens haverikommision


The cargo aircraft disappeared from radar screens whilst flying en-route east of Bodo, Norway. The wreckage was discovered near Akkajaure Lake, Sweden. Both crewmembers did not survive.


The Canadair CRJ-200 Regional Jet  (in cargo configuration) was found to have crashed in northern Sweden with two pilots on board. 

The regular mail flight took off from Oslo Gardermoen Airport at 22:10L climbing steadily to its assigned en-route altitude of 33.000 ft following the NUVSA4A departure route along the norwegian, swedish border. 

The aircraft followed air routes T311, N150 and  T65 to the north when contact was lost in the vicinity of TIPEL waypoint following a brief distress „mayday“ call from the flight at 23:31L, according to the airline.

After the flight failed to arrive at its destination, a norwegian F-16 fighter plane was sent out to search for the missing Canadair.

The wreckage was spotted at 03:10L in a remote countryside on the northwestern tip of Lake Akkajaure, Sweden. 

The crash site is situated on an open snow-covered side of a hill. Only one single impact crater was visible. The small dimensions of the crater indicated a rather steep impact angle and a high impact forces.

There were no survivors.

The pilot in command was 34 years old, with 3173 hours flight experience and 2050 hours on the accident type. The first officer got 3050 hours of flight experience with 900 hours on the accident type.

Swedish Accident Investigation Board (SHK) opened its investigation. (SHK, statement as of 2016-01-09)

Date: 2016-01-08 Time: 00:18
Location: Akkjaure Lake area
Country: Sweden
Flight phase: ENR – Cruise, Descent, Holding
Damage to a/c: hull loss

Flight no.: SWN 294
From: ENGM/OSL: Oslo Gardermoen To: ENTC/TOS: Tromso Langes
Type: Cargo
Operator: West Atlantic Sweden

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Aircraft Involved

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Type: Canadair CRJ-200
Registration: SE-DUX
Age a/c: 22,8 years
Constr. No.: 7010
Former Operators: Lufthansa Cityline (1993-2006), converted to cargo operations and owned by Westair Sweden since 2007
Total Hours flown: 38.601:49
Total Flight Cycles: 31.036

Occupants & Casualties

Crew Pax Other Total
Occupants 2 0 0 2
Fatalities  2 0 0 2
Injuries  0 0 0 0

JACDEC 25-year Statistics :

  • 2nd (and worst) safety occurence for the operator
  • 113th safety occurence of type (CRJ1/2)
  • 7th hull loss accident in Sweden, last fatal was in 2006
  • 1st safety occurence for aircraft in question

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