Accident de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 C-FAKB, Wednesday 24 February 2010
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Date:Wednesday 24 February 2010
Time:00:57
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300
Owner/operator:Flightline Investments
Registration: C-FAKB
MSN: 273
Year of manufacture:1969
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial, repaired
Category:Accident
Location:near London Gatwick Airport (LGW) -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Birmingham International Airport (BHX/EGBB)
Destination airport:Dubrovnik Airport (DBV/LDDU)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
DHC-6 Twin Otter C-FAKB was going to make a series of positioning flights starting from Calgary, Canada, finishing in the Maldives.
On 23 February 2010, C-FAKB departed from Birmingham Airport at 23:36 hrs and climbed to FL170 for a flight to Dubrovnik, Croatia. A few minutes after levelling off for the cruise, the captain noticed "two brief flickers" of the left generator caution light. After discussion with the co-pilot, the commander opened the DC bus tie in order to separate the two DC generator busbars electrically. This action was known to enable continued operation of both generators in circumstances where they were not properly balanced.

The aircraft was ferried to Althenrhein in Switzerland for repairs on 4 March 2010. It subsequently continued to the Maldives, where it entered service with Maldivian Air Taxi as 8Q-MAD.

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: AAIB
Report number: EW/C2010/02/01
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 7 months
Download report: Final report

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