Vanuatu DHC6 at Walaha on Oct 1st 2016, elevator control cable snapped on short final

Last Update: October 10, 2016 / 22:51:28 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Oct 1, 2016

Classification
Incident

Flight number
NF-228

Destination
Walaha, Vanuatu

Aircraft Registration
YJ-RV10

ICAO Type Designator
DHC6

An Air Vanuatu de Havilland DHC-6-300 Twin Otter, registration YJ-RV10 performing flight NF-228 from Espiritu Santo to Walaha (Vanuatu) with 19 passengers and one crew, was on short final to Walaha about 20-30 seconds prior to touch down when the elevator control cable fractured and snapped. The pilot was able to maintain control and continued for a safe landing.

Vanuatu's Civil Aviation Authority CAAV confirmed "RV10" was involved into the serious incident. An investigation has been opened.

The airline reported that the pilot noticed an irregularity on the elevator control while on short final about 20-30 seconds prior to touchdown. A subsequent examination of the aircraft revealed the component failure. The fractured elevator control cable, that had been manufactured in New Zealand, was about 6 months old. All aircraft fleetwide were immediately inspected but no further fault was found.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Oct 1, 2016

Classification
Incident

Flight number
NF-228

Destination
Walaha, Vanuatu

Aircraft Registration
YJ-RV10

ICAO Type Designator
DHC6

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