Accident Let L-410UVP-E3 HH-PRV, Sunday 24 August 2003
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Date:Sunday 24 August 2003
Type:Silhouette image of generic L410 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Let L-410UVP-E3
Owner/operator:Tropical Airways
Registration: HH-PRV
MSN: 872001
Year of manufacture:1987
Total airframe hrs:2982 hours
Cycles:4154 flights
Engine model:Walter M-601E
Fatalities:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 21
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:2 km SW of Cap Haitien Airport (CAP) -   Haiti
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Cap Haitien Airport (CAP/MTCH)
Destination airport:Port-de-Paix Airport (PAX/MTPX)
Investigating agency: ONAC
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Tropical Airways flight 1301, a Let 410, took off from runway 05 at Cap Haitien Airport about 04:50 for a flight to Port-de-Paix, Haiti. Shortly after takeoff the pilot requested clearance to return to the airport in order to close the door of the forward baggage hold, which had apparently opened during takeoff. On the right base leg when starting the turn onto final, the aircraft stalled and impacted a sugar cane field.

MAIN CAUSE (translated from original French language report):
Stall during approach phase while on the downwind leg caused by the loss of VMC at low altitude.

1) failure of the crew to manage the approach procedure (Poor CRM)
a) use of maximum flaps (42°)
b) insufficient altitude
c) lack of coordination between crew members
2) possible state of fatigue of the captain
3) Possible excess weight
4) opening of the baggage hold door, observed during takeoff.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: ONAC
Report number: Final report
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 7 months
Download report: Final report


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  • 11th worst accident in 2003
  • 2nd worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 2nd worst accident of this aircraft type at the time


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