Airplane Crash - Tau Island, American Samoa 07/21/1984

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Tau Island, American Samoa


Date07/21/1984
Time13:40
LocationTau Island, American Samoa
OperatorSouth PacifiIsland Airways
RoutePango Pango - Tau Island
Typede Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300
RegistrationN43SP
Cn/In669
Aboard14
Fatalities1
Ground0
SummaryWhile turning from its base leg onto the final approach the fight controls suddenly collapsed and the nose of the plane pitched up. The pilot attempted to maintain control of the aircraft by using the throttle and flap controls but it collided with a vehicle and terminal building. A rusted elevator control cable broke. Improper maintenance procedures. Total failure of the elevator control due to corrosion.

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