Accident Embraer EMB-110P1 Bandeirante OH-EBA, Monday 14 November 1988
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Date:Monday 14 November 1988
Type:Silhouette image of generic E110 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Embraer EMB-110P1 Bandeirante
Owner/operator:Wasa Wings
Registration: OH-EBA
MSN: 110226
Year of manufacture:1979
Total airframe hrs:8542 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-34
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 12
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:1 km S of Seinäjoki-Ilmajoki Airport (SJY) -   Finland
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (HEL/EFHK)
Destination airport:Seinäjoki-Ilmajoki Airport (SJY/EFSI)
Investigating agency: AIB Finland
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
An Embraer 110P1 Bandeirante turboprop plane, registration OH-EBA, was destroyed when it contacted trees and crashed about 1 km from Seinäjoki-Ilmajoki Airport (SJY), Finland. Wasa Wings flight WW701 had departed Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (HEL) at 06:20 on a domestic flight to Seinäjoki were it was scheduled to arrive at 07:15. Weather at the airport was poor with a reported runway visual range (RVR) of 1200 m (3940 feet) and a vertical visibility of 300 feet (90 m).
The crew was conducting an NDB approach to runway 32 but drifted to the left of the extended centreline of the runway. The airplane continued the descent until it struck trees to the South of the runway.

The immediate cause of the accident was the decision to continue the NDB approach in difficult visibility circumstances.
The airplane descended below minimum altitude without the required visual contact with approach lights or the runway. Contributory factors were the airline's poor safety culture due to pressures of performance, highlighted by the pilot because of his personality structure.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AIB Finland
Report number: 2/1988
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


ICAO Adrep Summary 4/94 (#277)


  • 86th worst accident in 1988
  • 33rd worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 17th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time



photo (c) via Werner Fischdick; Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (HEL); August 1981

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