Accident de Havilland Canada DHC-3T Vazar Turbine Otter SX-ARO, Sunday 16 May 2010
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Date:Sunday 16 May 2010
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH3T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
de Havilland Canada DHC-3T Vazar Turbine Otter
Owner/operator:ArGo Airways
Registration: SX-ARO
MSN: 397
Year of manufacture:1960
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 9
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial, repaired
Location:Biscarrosse/Parentis Seaplane Base -   France
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Arcachon/La Teste-de-Buch Airfield (XAC/LFCH)
Destination airport:Biscarrosse/Parentis SPB (LFBS)
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
The float-equipped aircraft nosed down a water landing. The airplane participated at the 13e Rassemblement International d'Hydravions de Biscarrosse, a French seaplane meeting.
The Turbine Otter had refueled at Arcachon, France and departed the paved runway. After takeoff the pilot forgot to retract the wheels and prior to landing on the water he forgot to verify that the wheels were retracted.
Normally an aural and visual warning system activates when the wheels are still out when the airspeed drops below 70 mph. In this case the approach speed for the landing was 85 mph because of the wind conditions, so the system did not activate.
Furthermore, the pilot's attention was focused on the unexplained presence of floating foam near the landing zone. This foam came from a demonstration dump conducted by a Canadair aircraft shortly before the accident.


Biscarrosse : un hydravion bascule à l'amerissage
Biscarrosse 2010 : Un Single Otter s'écrase sur le lac


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