SH36, vicinity Marsa Brega Libya, 2000

Summary: 

On 13 January 2000, a Shorts SD3-60 suffered a double engine failure on approach to Marsa Brega, Libya, attributed to failure to use engine anti-icing during flight in icing conditions. The aircraft ditched into the sea and was destroyed by impact forces.

Event Details
When: 
13/01/2000
Event Type: 
Day/Night: 
Day
Flight Conditions: 
IMC

18735

Flight Details
Aircraft: 
Operator: 
Type of Flight: 
Public Transport (Passenger)
Intended Destination: 
Take-off Commenced: 
Yes
Flight Airborne: 
Yes
Flight Completed: 
No
Phase of Flight: 
Descent
Location
Location - Airport
Airport: 
General
Tag(s): 
Inadequate Aircraft Operator Procedures
HF
Tag(s): 
Distraction, Ineffective Monitoring, Procedural non compliance
LOC
Tag(s): 
Loss of Engine Power, Environmental Factors
WX
Tag(s): 
In Flight Icing - Turbine Engine
EPR
Tag(s): 
“Emergency” declaration
Outcome
Damage or injury: 
Yes
Aircraft damage: 
Hull loss
Non-aircraft damage: 
No
Non-occupant Casualties: 
No
Occupant Injuries: 
Many occupants
Occupant Fatalities: 
Many occupants
Off Airport Landing: 
No
Ditching: 
Yes
Causal Factor Group(s)
Group(s): 
Aircraft Operation
Safety Recommendation(s)
Group(s): 
Aircraft Operation
Investigation Type
Type: 
Independent

Description

On 13 January 2000, A Shorts SD3-60 suffered a double engine failure on approach to Marsa Brega, Libya, attributed to failure to use engine anti-icing during flight in icing conditions. The aircraft ditched into the sea and was destroyed by impact forces.

Synopsis

The following extracts are taken from the Final Report of the Investigation Committee of the Libyan Civil Aviation Authorities (published by the Swiss BFU):

"A/C HB-AAM TOOK OFF FROM TRIPOLI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ENROUTE TO MARSA BREGA AT 0929 UTC WITH 38 PAX PLUS 3 CREW MEMBERS WHILE THE A/C WAS AT FINAL APP. PREPARING FOR LANDING AT ABOUT 4.5 NM FROM THE AIRPORT, LEFT ENGINE FLAMED OUT FOLLOWED BY THE RIGHT ENGINE, THE A/C DITCHED IN THE SEA AND SANK IN FEW MINUTES"

The Report considered the causes of the accident to be:

  • "MELTING OF ICE FORMED AT ENGINES INTAKE RESULTED IN WARE (water) INGESTION AND BOTH ENGINE FLAME OUT.
  • FLIGHT CREW FAILED TO OPERATE ENGINE ANTI-ICING SYSTEM.
  • FLIGHT CREW WERE BUSY WITH A DISCUSSION NOT RELEVANT TO THEIR FLIGHT OR THE A/C."

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Further Reading

For further information, see the full Accident Report

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