South Pacific Island Airways

South Pacific Island Airways Saturday July 21, 1984
While 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.

Crash Details

DateSaturday July 21, 1984
LocationTau Island, American Samoa
Passengers11
Crew3
Fatalities1
Survivors13
Aircraft Typede Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300
OperatorSouth Pacific Island Airways
RegistrationN43SP
Flight OriginPango Pango
Flight Destination Tau Island
Tau Island, American Samoa
South Pacific Island Airways
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300
1984