Date & Time: Jun 2, 2009 at 1009 LT
Operator:
Registration:
8Q-MAG
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Malé-Halaveli
MSN:
224
YOM:
1969
Region:
Asia
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
0
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
3556
Captain / Total hours on type:
3240
Copilot / Total flying hours:
1974
Copilot / Total hours on type:
1688
Aircraft flight hours:
33685
Circumstances:
After a air-to-air photo mission, the crew returned to Halavelhi Resort lagoon. On landing, the aircraft flipped over and came to rest few metres off shore. All 7 occupants escaped with minor injuries but the aircraft was destroyed.
Probable cause:
It was observed by the investigation team that;
• The PIC was conducting flying activities (photographic activities) lower than that allowed in regulations and company operations manual and standard operating procedures.
• At the time of accident a passenger was occupying the co-pilot seat.
• PIC could not make a fair judgment of the aircraft altitude by looking outside since the aircraft was banking to the right for a turn and the co-pilot seat was occupied by a passenger.
• The crew of the aircraft acted swiftly to save lives, after the aircraft came to a halt.
• Investigation revealed that the right float forward and both wingtips were severely damaged. Since the aircraft was right banked at the impact it was evident that the right wing and/or float were the
first to impact with the water.
Final Report:
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