One fatality confirmed after MASwings crash

Source: Flightglobal.com
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One fatality has resulted from the crash of a MASwings de Havilland Canada DHC-6 during arrival at Kudat in eastern Malaysia.

The accident destroyed the twin-engined aircraft and the impact of the crash damaged a house.

MASwings originally indicated that six of the 16 passengers and crew had been injured, but has subsequently confirmed a single fatality with five other occupants sustaining injuries.

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"The cause of the incident is still under investigation," says the carrier, adding that it is concentrating on the "well-being of the passengers, crew and other affected parties".

Meteorological data from Kudat airport around the time of the accident, 14:50, indicates good visibility but strong winds from the west gusting to 25-30kt.

Kudat airport has a single runway, designated 04/22, which is 730m (2,395ft) in length. The direction of approach has not been confirmed, although the weather information suggests the over-sea approach to runway 22 would have been into-wind.