Knight Air Flight 816
An Embraer EMB 110 similar to the accident aircraft
|Date||24 May 1995|
|Site||Dunkeswick, United Kingdom|
|Aircraft type||Embraer 110 Bandeirante|
|Flight origin||Leeds Bradford International Airport|
Leeds, United Kingdom
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Knight Air Flight 816, being flown by G-OEAA, an Embraer 110 Bandeirante belonging to Knight Air, was an internal scheduled flight operating between Leeds Bradford and Aberdeen airports on 24 May 1995, which crashed with the loss of all on board shortly after take-off.
The aircraft departed Leeds Bradford airport at 16:47 hours UTC departure from runway 14, and was observed immediately to veer off the ATC instructed flight path; one minute and 50 seconds into the flight, the first officer reported problems with the artificial horizons in the plane and asked to return to Leeds Bradford.
Local weather was poor with restricted visibility, low cloud, and a recent thunderstorm - 'turbulent instrument meteorological conditions', according to the AAIB, dark and stormy conditions according to residents in the vicinity.
The crew, who consisted of the pilot in command, first officer and a flight attendant experienced significant difficulties maintaining their heading while returning to the airport. The aircraft subsequently entered a left turn, rapidly lost height and crashed at Dunkeswick Moor, north of Harewood, North Yorkshire, six miles north east of the airport. None of the crew or nine passengers survived the crash.
An Air Accident Investigation Branch report found that one or both artificial horizons in the aircraft failed, leading to loss of control by the pilots and the plane entering a spiral dive exceeding operating parameters and leading to partial break-up before impact.
- Moyes, Jojo; Foster, Jonathan; Wolmar, Christian (25 May 1995). "12 killed as plane crashes in storm". The Independent. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
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