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Category: <span>LET (Kunovice)</span>

Summit Air Freight Flight Crashes in Nepal; 2 Killed, 3, Injured

A Summit Air freight flight crashed on the runway of Tenzing–Hillary Airport, Lukla, Chaurikharka, Nepal, on May 27th.

The Let L-410 flying from Kathmandu, Nepal, was about to land when it hit a tree near the runway and hit the land. The incident happened due to fog.

The aircraft sustained technical problems.

Captain and the first officer were killed in the crash. All three crew members sustained injuries.

The incident remains under investigation.

KrasAvia Aborts Takeoff in Russia due to Aircraft Steering Problem

KrasAviaKrasAvia flight KI-48 had to abort taking-off at Shushenskoye Airport, Kazantsevo, UNAU, Russia, on July 18th.

The Let L-410 was ready to depart for Krasnojarsk, Russia when the crew aborted the takeoff after the aircraft started steering left instead of straight ahead.

The flight was cancelled.

All 13 passengers were accommodated in a bus to Krasnojarsk.

Goma Air Belly Landing, 18 safe in Nepal


The nosegear of a Goma Air flight failed today while landing in Pokhara, Nepal, but there were no fatalities among the 18 passengers aboard. Some damage occurred to the plane after the nose gear failed to deploy. Flights to and from Pokhara airport have been suspended until the plane is removed from the runway.

Plane was reported as Let L-410UVP-E20 Registration 9N-AKY

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Mombasa Air Safari Crash in Kenya Preserve

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Contact photographer Guido Potters

What: Mombasa Air Safari Let L-410UVP-EP en route from Ngerenge to Mombasa
Where: Maasai Mara park, Kenya
When: Aug 22nd 2012
Who: 11 passengers, four fatalities, seven injured
Why: The Mombasa Air Safari passenger plane crashed on takeoff at the Ngerende Airstrip. Narok district police chief Peterson Maelo said a middle-aged German man, an elderly German woman and two Kenyan pilots died from their injuries and “Those injured have been flown to Nairobi for treatment.” The ambulance service was Flying Doctors Service.

Five German tourists, four Americans and two nationals from Czech Republic were aboard the flight.

Recife-Natal Flight Crashes After Takeoff, 16 lost

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Contact photographer Gustavo Bolson Maia

What: NOAR Linhas Aéreas Let L-410UVP-E20 en route from Recife to Natal
Where: 1.1 miles SSE of Recife-Guararapes International Airport
When: July 13, 2011
Who: 2 crew, 14 passengers, 16 aboard
Why: Shortly after takeoff from Guararapes-Gilberto Freyre International airport in Recife, the Noar LET L410 Turboprop, the pilot declared an emergency. The crew said it would attempt to land at Boa Viagem beach, and made a steep descent.

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Contact photographer Wagner Damasio – Cavok Brasil Team
The plane reportedly into a vacant lot sandwiched between the Piedade and Boa Viagem neighborhoods at 0651 local time. The fire burned the plane, leaving a charred shell 300 feet short of where the pilot had intended to land. There was a total loss of life, but the black boxes have been recovered.

The plane had a recent history of power loss on takeoff.

The pilot had 15.000 flight hours and 2.000 on type.

The pilot avoided landing on a densely populated area.

LET is a Czech-built plane that had been in operation for a year. According to a spokesperson, two LET-410 twin-engine aircraft were purchased new in the Czech Republic. The Noar began its daily operations in the Northeast on June 14, 2010.

Noar is a small regional airline

12 second capture of the plane coming down behind a building.

Raw video

Raw video in traffic

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Linhas Aéreas Flight 4896

Noar Linhas Aéreas Flight 4896 took off from Boa Viagem, Recife, Brazil, on 13 July 2011, issued a mayday shortly after, and after experiencing trouble with one engine, the Let L-410UVP-E20 crashed 1,300 yds from the end of the runway. Two crew and fourteen passengers were killed on the scene.

From the final:

The CVR data indicate a change in the emotional state of the PIC on account of the aircraft adverse condition, to which he had to respond with an operational procedure that was different from the one for a normal flight situation.
The copilot, in turn, in his communications, gives the impression of being highly tense on account of the emergency situation.
This became clear with the delay of the copilot in retracting the landing gear, and in the PIC’s initiative to “feather” the propellers that had already been feathered by the copilot, after an order given by the very PIC.
The evident anxiety identified in the cockpit is reflected in the barriers and filters that influenced the process of communication between the two pilots, sensitively affecting the PIC’s situational awareness.
Moreover, it is a known fact that non-routine situations can cause a rise in one’s level of anxiety, but such alteration of the emotional state may be intensified when one does not have enough knowledge to manage the circumstance, and this interferes in the analysis of the scenario and adoption of appropriate measures.

See Final Report (Text Only)

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African Air Services Crashes in Congo

Pictured: A Let 410 (not the one that crashed)
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Contact photographer Paul Kipping

What: African Air Services Commuter en route from Bukavu-Kavumu Airport to Lusenge Airfield
Where: Congo
When: Feb 14 2010
Who: 2 aboard, 2 fatalities
Why: A small African Air Service owned Let 410 cargo plane, registration 9Q-CIF, was damaged beyond repair in an accident at Mont Biega, D.R. Congo. Both crew members (Ukranian and Congolese) pilot and copilot were killed. The cargo that was aboard is unknown; rescue workers are forming an expedition to examine the scene, and recover the bodies and wreckage.

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Congo: Filair Crash kills 21

What: Filair Let 410 en route from Semendwa to Bandundu
Where: Bandundu Congo
When: August 25 2010
Who: 21 aboard (18 passengers 3 crew), 20 fatalities
Why: The preliminary information says that the plane was unable to land, and ran out of fuel. Landing short of the runway, the plane struck a building, killing two children inside.

The Let is a Czeck turboprop.

The Filair is based in Kinshasa. It’s fleet is reputed to be poorly maintained and is on the nofly list. The plane’s owner Danny Philemotte was piloting and died in the crash.

19 bodies were recovered and two survivors. One survivor died in the hospital. One survivor is hospitalized and in critical condition.

A survivor said that the crew had been told to land on a “reserve strip” beside the main runway. The passengers panicked, running to one side and unbalancing the plane, and the pilot lost control. Apparently fuel was not the issue (150 liters liters recovered from the crash.)

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Caticlan Flat Tire Blocks Runway

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Contact photographer Stuart Lawson [Airplane-Pictures]

What: SEAir South East Asian LET L-410 ferry flight from Manila to Caticlan
Where: Godofredo P. Ramos Airport Caticlan
When: Mar 15th 2010 6:30 a.m.
Who: 3 crew composed of pilot Capt. James Bihasa, his co-pilot and a mechanic.
Why: On landing, the plane had a flat, the fifth SEAir aircraft to have a flat at that airport. (There is only the one runway.) There were no injuries, but the plane blocked the runway until the left main tire was replaced. Because there was no spare, and lacking the equipment to relocate the plane, the airport closed for six hours during which time, flights diverted to Kalibo airport 70 kilometers away.

As a consequence, Philippines Civil Aviation Authority Director General Alfonso Cusi has ordered a review of the airport’s “Emergency and Rescue Plan.”

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