Plane File Number BEA f-qi070809 Accident, Moorea (POL), on 9 August 2007, DE HAVILLAND - DHC6, F-OIQI

Accident to the DHC6 – 300 off the coast of the island of Moorea (French Polynesia) on 9 August 2007

Investigation progression Closed  
Progress: 100%

Summary

On Thursday 9 August 2007 at 12 h 00 local time, the Air Moorea Twin Otter DHC6-300 registered F-OIQI which carried out the Moorea-Papeete route crashed at sea shortly after takeoff. The nineteen passengers and the pilot did not survive. 

The BEA launched a technical investigation and is sending a four-man team to Polynesia. On the spot, a Field Investigator has been nominated to undertake the initial investigative actions in coordination with the judicial authorities.

A team of four, including the investigator-in-charge, arrived in French Polynesia on the morning of Saturday 11 August 2007.

In compliance with international provisions, an accredited Canadian representative has been assigned to the investigation as the State of Design and Manufacture of the airplane. Subsequently, since some information was requested from the USA, the nomination of an accredited representative was accepted.

Operations on the site or on the wreck were carried out in liaison with the investigation judiciary officers under the coordination of the High-Commissioner of the Republic in French Polynesia.

The investigator-in-charge set up three working groups in the following areas: 

  • Airplane operations,
  • Maintenance and background,
  • Recorder and technical examinations.

On 9 October 2007, a safety recommendation was issued for the attention of the European Air Safety Agency and Transport Canada.

An interim report was published on 6 December 2007. 

The Draft Final Report was submitted to the accredited Canadian and American representatives for comments. The operator and the French DGAC were also consulted, in compliance with the provisions of article L.731-3 of the French Civil Aviation Code.

The Final Report was presented to the families of the victims gathered in Papeete and to the High Commissioner of the Republic in French Polynesia, on 3 December 2008, before being made public the same day.

Summary of the accident

The accident occurred on Thursday 9 August 2007 at midday, local time.

The Air Moorea DHC6-300, registered F-OIQI, took off from Moorea for a short flight, QE 1121, bound for Tahiti Faa'a. A pilot and nineteen passengers were on board. The plane climbed as normal to an estimated altitude of three hundred and fifty feet. The pilot retracted the flaps and adjusted the engine parameters. He then lost pitch control of the airplane after the failure of the elevator pitch-up control cable. The airplane dived and struck the surface of the sea at about seven hundred metres from the shore.

schema cables profondeur


Note: two cables, one pitch-up, the other pitch-down, control the elevator. The failure of one cable makes it impossible to control the elevator directly.

Press Releases

Accident to the DHC6 – 300 off the coast of the island of Moorea (French Polynesia) on 9 August 2007

Press release, 4 December 2008

The BEA has completed its investigation into the accident that occurred on 9 August 2007 off the coast of Moorea (French Polynesia) to the Twin Otter, registered F?OIQI, operated by Air Moorea.

The conclusions of the investigation were presented to the families of the victims and to the press on 3 December 2008 at Papeete. The final report is available on the BEA's website.

The accident occurred after takeoff, at the time of flap

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Accident to the DHC6 – 300 off the coast of the island of Moorea (French Polynesia) on 9 August 2007

Press release, 6 December 2007

A phase of the investigation into the accident on 9 August 2007, off the coast of Moorea (French Polynesia) to the Twin Otter, registered F-OIQI and operated by Air Moorea, has reached its conclusion with today’s publication of an Interim Report.

This report describes the work that has been undertaken during the first few months of the investigation, including the undersea searches and the examinations of various parts of the wreckage, and

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Accident to the DHC6 – 300 off the coast of the island of Moorea (French Polynesia) on 9 August 2007

Press release, 11 October 2007

The BEA's investigation into the accident that occurred last August 9 off the coast of Moorea (French Polynesia) is continuing at a sustained pace. The airplane, a DHC-6 Twin Otter operated by Air Moorea, crashed into the sea a short time after take-off bound for Papeete. The pilot and the nineteen passengers on board were killed.

This is an update on the progress of the investigation.

Undersea searches made it possible to recover the

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Accident to the DHC6 – 300 off the coast of the island of Moorea (French Polynesia) on 9 August 2007

Press release, 6 September 2007

On-site work by the cable-laying ship the « Ile de Ré », which began on Sunday 26 August, has come to an end. The ship, made available to the BEA by Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks and operated by Louis Dreyfus Armateurs, has to leave Papeete on the morning of Thursday 6 September.

The Ile de Ré's mission was to search for and examine the wreckage located at a depth of about seven hundred metres, to recover any bodies that might be

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Accident to the DHC6 – 300 off the coast of the island of Moorea (French Polynesia) on 9 August 2007

Press release, 3 September 2007

The cockpit voice recorder (CVR) from the Air Moorea DHC-6 registered F-OIQI arrived at the BEA on Saturday morning. It was opened and the memory cards prepared for the readout, which has now been completed. The recording is of good quality. It includes the event of 9 August 2007, a little over one minute’s flying time between airplane power up and the end of the recording. The pilot, who was alone in the cockpit, said very little.

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Accident to the DHC6 – 300 off the coast of the island of Moorea (French Polynesia) on 9 August 2007

Press release, 31 August 2007

This is an update on the undersea searches undertaken following the accident that occurred on 9 August 2007 off the coast of Moorea to the DHC-6 registered F-OIQI, operated by Air Moorea. 

The Ile de Ré, a ship chartered by the BEA from Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, arrived at Papeete on Sunday 26 August in the morning (local time). That day was devoted to preparing the search work. The undersea remotely operated vehicle (ROV) was

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Accident to the DHC6 – 300 off the coast of the island of Moorea (French Polynesia) on 9 August 2007

Press release, 17 August 2007

The initial phase of the investigation into the accident to the Air Moorea Twin-Otter is reaching its end. The equipment put in place by the BEA with the assistance of the French Navy has made it possible to identify the location of the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) that was on board the airplane. The equipment required for observation and lifting of the recorder and parts of the wreckage has been found. It will be put in place within about

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Accident to the DHC6 – 300 off the coast of the island of Moorea (French Polynesia) on 9 August 2007

Press release, 13 August 2007

The investigation into the accident to the Air Moorea DHC6 registered F-OIQI is progressing. The investigators have thus been able to identify the position of the flight recorder that was on board the airplane, a Cockpit Voice Recorder. According to the initial results, it is located at a depth of about 450 metres on a rocky slope on the sea bed, with strong currents in the vicinity. Precise definition of its position is being undertaken.

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Accident to the DHC6 – 300 off the coast of the island of Moorea (French Polynesia) on 9 August 2007

Press release, 10 August 2007

On Thursday 9 August 2007 at around 12 h 00 local time, the Air Moorea DHC6-300 Twin Otter, registered F-OIQI, which was operating the Moorea-Papeete route, crashed into the sea shortly after take-off.

According to the first information gathered, the nineteen passengers and the pilot did not survive the accident.

The BEA has launched a technical investigation and is sending a four-man team to Polynesia. On the spot, a Field Investigator

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Publication

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Recommendations

Safety recommendation for the attention of the European Air Safety Agency and Transport Canada.