Manta DHC6 at Male on Feb 14th 2021, flipped upside down during landing on floats

Last Update: March 30, 2021 / 15:36:45 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Feb 14, 2021

Classification
Accident

Airline
Manta Air

Flight number
NR-117

Destination
Male, Maldives

Aircraft Registration
8Q-RAE

ICAO Type Designator
DHC6

Airport ICAO Code
VRMM

A Manta Air de Havilland Dash DHC-6-300 Twin Otter, registration 8Q-RAE performing flight NR-117 from Como Malifuushi to Male (Maldives) with 6 passengers and 3 crew, landed on Male's water "north right" runway at 07:32L (02:32Z) but flipped over and came to a stop upside down. All occupants were rescued, taken to a hospital and later discharged. The flight attendant received minor injuries.

The aircraft was later recovered.

On Mar 30th 2021 the Maldives' Accident Investigation Coordinating Committee (AICC) released their preliminary report summarizing the sequence of events after stating the aircraft was landing on Male's North-Right water runway:

The FO (33, CPL, 3,299 hours total, 2,138 hours on type) was Pilot flying (PF) for this sector. Taxi-out, take-off, cruise and approach into VIA were normal. The captain (33, ATPL, 7,939 hours total, 7,270 hours on type thereof 4,138 hours in command) stated that the aircraft landing attitude was flat on this flight as was the case of all landings carried out by the FO on the previous day. The captain (PIC) believed that this could have been a factor due to the differences in landing attitudes between the ATR aircraft and Twin Otter on floats.

The aircraft, while landing touched down and veered right, and the aircraft RH wing digged into the water and took a U turn and came to rest upside down.

The cabin crew assisted the passengers to evacuate the aircraft. Soon after the accident, the MACL rescue boats arrived and rescued all the passengers.

The AICC reported:

The airplane was equipped with life jackets for each passenger seat and all crew members. Some passengers retrieved and used life jackets installed on the aircraft.

Passengers stated that they tried to hold on to the aircraft in the water and that the wreckage remained afloat through out - until they were rescued.

The AICC reported the flight attendant received minor injuries, all others remained unharmed.

The aircraft received substantial damage, the occurrence was rated an accident. The aircraft had accumulated 43,932 flight hours in 78,854 cycles. It's CoA had been last issued on Dec 17th 2020 and was valid until Dec 16th 2021. The aircraft had departed with no technical defects remaining open, the crew did not report any technical difficulties during the flight.

The AICC annotated: "There were no evidences of an activated ELT."

Metars:
VRMM 140400Z 08008KT 9000 SCT018 30/24 Q1013 NOSIG=
VRMM 140300Z 09008KT 9000 FEW018 29/24 Q1013 NOSIG=
VRMM 140200Z 09009KT 9000 FEW018 28/24 Q1012 NOSIG=
VRMM 140100Z 09009KT 9000 FEW019 27/23 Q1011 NOSIG=
VRMM 140000Z 10009KT 9000 FEW019 27/23 Q1011 NOSIG=
VRMM 132300Z 09009KT 9000 FEW019 27/24 Q1011 NOSIG=
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Feb 14, 2021

Classification
Accident

Airline
Manta Air

Flight number
NR-117

Destination
Male, Maldives

Aircraft Registration
8Q-RAE

ICAO Type Designator
DHC6

Airport ICAO Code
VRMM

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