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BEA: jet blast factor in failure of Moorea Twin Otter elevator control cable
4 December 2008

The French Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses published the final report of their investigation into the Air Moorea DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 accident near Moorea, French Polynesia in August 2007. The airplane crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff because of a loss of airplane pitch control following the failure of the elevator pitch-up control cable at the time the flaps were retracted. BEA concluded that the cable was already worn when several strains ruptured, probably as a result of jet blast on the ground. The last strains failed on takeoff from Moorea when the elevator was used. (BEA)