TAT Flight 230
The aircraft involved in the crash pictured in Le Bourget in February 1985
|Date||4 March 1988|
|Summary||Electrical failure leading to crash|
|Site||near Fontainebleau, France|
|Aircraft type||Fairchild FH-227|
|Operator||TAT European Airlines|
|Flight origin||Nancy-Essey Airport|
|Destination||Paris Orly Airport|
The aircraft, a Fairchild FH-227, took off from Nancy-Essey Airport at 5:53 local time and climbed to 14,000 feet, the flight's cruising altitude. At 6:26, the aircraft, now nearing Paris, was cleared down to 9,000 feet and then 7,000. Shortly later, the flight was cleared down to 6,000 feet. Nothing more was heard from the aircraft. The aircraft appeared to have an electrical malfunction. Control of the aircraft was lost, the plane descended rapidly, struck powerlines and crashed. All on board died.
The investigations findings were that in bad weather conditions, the Fairchild FH-227 operating the flight suffered an electrical malfunction, and the aircraft pitched nose down. The committee could not find a probable cause to why this happened. The accepted hypothesis is that the electrical malfunction caused loss of attitude reference and autopilot disconnect causing the aircraft to enter a high speed dive.
- "ASN Aircraft accident Fairchild FH-227B F-GCPS Machault". aviation-safety.net. Retrieved 3 June 2012.