MaxAvSafety: FR Customs Expeditor Strike Malta 10/24 5 Fatalities

Status: Preliminary
Date: Monday 24 October 2016
Time: 07:20
Swearingen SA227-AT Expediter
Operator: CAE Aviation
Registration: N577MX
C/n / msn: AT-577
First flight: 1983
Engines: 2 Garrett TPE331-11U
Crew: Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total: Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: Malta-Luqa Airport (MLA) ( Malta)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature: Survey/research
Departure airport: Malta-Luqa Airport (MLA/LMML), Malta
Destination airport: Malta-Luqa Airport (MLA/LMML), Malta
Narrative:
A Swearingen SA227-AT Expediter, registered N577MX, was destroyed after impacting terrain during takeoff from Malta-Luqa Airport. All five crew members sustained fatal injuries.
The aircraft took off from runway 13 and lost height in right hand turn and impacted terrain just past the airport perimeter fence and burst into flames.
The Expediter operated on a surveillance operation for the French customs.

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