Nürnberger Flugdienst Flight 108

Nürnberger Flugdienst Flight 108

A Metro III similar to the accident aircraft
Date 8 February 1988
Summary Aircraft struck by lightning, followed by spatial disorientation and in-flight break up
Site 2.1 km (1.3 mi) north of Kettwig
Passengers 19
Crew 2
Fatalities 21 (all)
Survivors 0
Aircraft type Swearingen SA.227BC Metroliner III
Operator Nürnberger Flugdienst
Registration D-CABB
Flight origin Hannover Airport
Destination Düsseldorf Airport

Nürnberger Flugdienst Flight 108 was a scheduled regional flight which crashed near Essen, Germany, on 8 February 1988 with the loss of all 21 occupants. The flight was operated by Swearingen SA.227BC Metroliner III D-CABB for Nürnberger Flugdienst, from Hannover Airport to Düsseldorf Airport.


Flight 108 took off from Hannover Airport at 7:15AM and was on approach to runway 24 at Düsseldorf Airport by 7:50AM, in a Thunderstorm. At 7:56AM Flight 108 disappeared from radar and two minutes later pieces of the Metro III impacted near Kettwig adjacent to the Ruhr River, killing all 21 people aboard.


The investigation revealed that the aircraft had been hit by lightning during the approach to Düsseldorf Airport, which disrupted the electrical system and therefore the flight instruments. The pilots became disorientated and the Metro III broke up midair.


Coordinates: 51°22′27″N 6°54′53″E / 51.3743°N 6.9148°E / 51.3743; 6.9148

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