Luxair Flight 9642

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Luxair Flight 9642
LX-LGB, the aircraft involved in the accident, in 1992
Accident summary
Date 6 November 2002
Summary Pilot error
Site Luxembourg City
49°39′21″N 6°16′26″E / 49.65583°N 6.27389°E / 49.65583; 6.27389Coordinates: 49°39′21″N 6°16′26″E / 49.65583°N 6.27389°E / 49.65583; 6.27389
Passengers 19
Crew 3
Fatalities 20
Survivors 2
Aircraft type Fokker 50
Operator Luxair
Registration LX-LGB
Flight origin Berlin Tempelhof Airport
Destination Luxembourg Findel Airport

Luxair Flight 9642 was a flight from Berlin Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, Germany, to Luxembourg Findel Airport, Niederanven, Luxembourg, near Luxembourg City.

On 6 November 2002, LX-LGB, a Fokker 50 aircraft on the route crashed and burned on final approach to Luxembourg Findel Airport about 6 nautical miles (11 km) short of the runway while trying to land in fog. Twenty of the twenty-two passengers and crew perished.

Lufthansa had a codeshare on the flight as LH2420.[1] The accident was the first fatal accident in Luxair's history.[2]

Cause of crash[edit]

The investigation found that a series of non-standard actions resulted in severe loss of airspeed due to the accidental selection of the propellers into reverse pitch (reverse pitch is normally only used to slow an aircraft on the ground).[3][4] The aircraft subsequently impacted 6NM (11 km) short of the runway. Contributing to the accident were errors concerning the implementation of a safety recommendation which had been made by the manufacturer to Fokker 50 operators. Also this warning was not adequately communicated to the flight crews of Luxair.[citation needed]

Passengers[edit]

Seating chart of the aircraft

Most of the passengers were businesspeople from Germany.[5]

17 people died at the crash site. Initially five people survived, but three died in the hospital.[5] Amongst the passengers killed on the flight was artist Michel Majerus.[6]

Nationalities of passengers and crew[edit]

Nationality[7][8] Passengers Crew Total
Total Killed Total Killed Total Killed
France 2 1 0 0 2 1
Germany 15 15 0 0 15 15
Luxembourg 2 2 3 2 5 4
Total 19 18 3 2 22 20

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Info: Hotline". Berliner Morgenpost. 2 June 2008. Retrieved on 1 November 2009.
  2. ^ "RZ Luxair_rapp_intro_UK" (PDF). Luxair 15/56. 2 May 2003. Archived from the original on 7 November 2007. Retrieved 2 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "Investigation Commission On The Accident Which Occurred 6 November 2002 (Preliminary Report, January 2003)" (PDF). Government of Luxembourg
  4. ^ "FINAL REPORT (REVISED ISSUE)" (PDF). Ministry of Transport, Administration for technical investigations. July 2009. Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Luxembourg plane crashes in fog" (Archive). BBC. Wednesday 6 November 2002. Retrieved on 26 August 2014.
  6. ^ Morrison, Donald. "A Coming-Out Party." TIME. 28 February 2007. Retrieved on 1 November 2009.
  7. ^ "Press Release 06.11.2002 08.15 pm". Luxair. 6 November 2002. Archived from the original on 13 February 2003. Retrieved 1 November 2009.  (Webcitation archive)
  8. ^ "Namelist of persons that died in aircraft accident 06.11.02". Luxair. 7 November 2002. Archived from the original on 13 February 2003. Retrieved 1 November 2009.  (Webcitation Archive)

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