Inter Iles E120 near Moroni on Nov 27th 2012, engine trouble, ditched in the Ocean

Last Update: November 30, 2012 / 10:19:26 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Nov 27, 2012

Classification
Accident

Departure
Moroni

Destination
Anjouan

Aircraft Registration
D6-HUA

ICAO Type Designator
E120

An Inter Iles Air Embraer EMB-120ER Brasilia, registration D6-HUA performing charter flight INZ-170 from Moroni to Anjouan (Comores Islands) with 25 passengers and 4 crew, took off from Prince Said Ibrahim International Airport, located about 18km/10nm north of Moroni, at 13:13L (10:13Z) but lost height after takeoff and impacted waters about 200 meters off the coast about 5km north of the airport. Local fishermen rescued all occupants of the aircraft alive.

Comores' L'Agence Nationale de l'Aviation Civile et de la Météorologie (CANAC) reported the aircraft ended up in the Indian Ocean. The aircraft sounded rough just after takeoff. The aircraft had been inspected on Nov 18th, no anomalies were found.

The local prefecture reported 2 occupants received minor injuries, the rest remained uninjured.

The airline thanked the local fishermen for the rescue of the occupants and attributed their swift reaction to the fortunate outcome without fatalities. The captain had accumulated more than 5000 hours total experience with more than 2000 hours in command of the Embraer 120, the first officer had also accumulated more than 5000 hours of total flight experience. For reasons still unknown the crew requested an emergency return to Moroni, but during the turn lost height and needed to ditch in the Ocean. The aircraft had been completely overhauled and refurbished in Europe, the last inspection by the French DGAC had happened a week before the accident.

A passenger reported that one of the engines had failed about 4km from the airport, when the crew decided to turn around and return to Moroni but needed to ditch the aircraft in the Ocean.

Metars:
MCH 271200Z 25005KT 220V280 9999 FEW020TCU SCT030 30/24 Q1013 NOSIG
FMCH 271100Z 20009KT 9999 SCT020TCU BKN025 30/24 Q1013 NOSIG
FMCH 271000Z 22006KT 170V270 9999 SCT023TCU BKN025 30/24 Q1014 NOSIG
FMCH 270900Z 30005KT 270V330 9999 FEW023TCU SCT025 30/24 Q1014 NOSIG
FMCH 270800Z 25005KT 220V280 9999 SCT025 30/23 Q1015 NOSIG
FMCH 270700Z 29004KT 250V320 9999 FEW025 29/23 Q1015 NOSIG
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Nov 27, 2012

Classification
Accident

Departure
Moroni

Destination
Anjouan

Aircraft Registration
D6-HUA

ICAO Type Designator
E120

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