Aircraft type Cessna 404 Titan
Number of deaths 8
Flight origin Glasgow Airport
Operator Edinburgh Air Charter
Date 2 September 1999
Destination Aberdeen Airport
Crew count 11
The 1999 Glasgow Airport Cessna 404 crash occurred on 3 September 1999.
The crash occurred on takeoff from Glasgow Airport. Involved in the crash was a Cessna 404 Titan aircraft registered as G-ILGW. Operated by Edinburgh Air Charter as Flight 3W (callsign Saltire 3 Whiskey) it was carrying aircraft cabin crew from holiday company Airtours and was on the way to Aberdeen Airport when the accident happened. The crew were travelling to Aberdeen to crew a holiday flight on a Boeing 757 to Parma. Eight people were killed in the accident and three survived.
The left engine failed and the commander feathered the right engine. Instead of attempting a crash landing, the commander attempted to return to Glasgow Airport without engine power and lost control while trying to make a right turn. The aircraft crashed and caught fire approximately one nautical mile from the airport. The aircraft was slightly overweight for the conditions. A report recommended engine inspections, more crash-worthy seats, and consideration to fitting aircraft like this with CVRs.
As a result of this accident an airworthiness directive was issued by the British Civil Aviation Authority in June 2000, requiring inspections of the starter adapters and crankshaft gears on Continental GTSIO-520 series engines.