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MCAA releases preliminary report involving Manta Air 8Q-RAE that crash-landed in VIA on 14th Feb

Maldives Civil Aviation Authority has released the preliminary report on Manta Air DHC6 Seaplane Twin Otter that crash-landed in Velana International Airport on 14th February 2021.

The Twin Otter, Registration 8Q-RAE was performing a charter flight from Maalifushi water aerodrome in Thaa Atoll to Velana International Airport.

According to the report, the Twin Otter during touch down in VIA at 07:32, the aircraft bounced and banked to the right, dipping the right-wing into the water resulting in the aircraft veering to the right making a U-turn which was unrecoverable by the crew.

As soon as the aircraft flipped, the PIC opened the pilot-side door where the PIC, FO, and three passengers seated in 1A, 2A, and 2D evacuated the aircraft. The remaining three passengers seated in 3A, 3D, and 4A, and the cabin crew evacuated the aircraft through the LH main cabin door.

All six passengers and three crew evacuated safely. The cabin crew did sustain minor injuries.

During the investigation, the PIC has stated the aircraft landing attitude was flat on the accident flight and during all the previous flights before by the FO. PIC also stated that this could have been due to the differences in landing attitudes between the ATR aircraft and Twin Otter on floats.

The aircraft received substantial damages. The wreckage was later loaded onto barge using a crane and was transported to Manta Air base at Dhaalu Airport.



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