Date: July 21, 1984
Time: 1340
Location: Tau Island, American Samoa
Operator: South Pacific Island Airways
Flight #: ?
Route: Pango Pango - Tau Island
AC Type: de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300
Registration: N43SP
cn / ln: 669
Aboard: 14   (passengers:11  crew:3)
Fatalities: 1   (passengers:1  crew:0)
Ground: 0
Summary: While turning from its base leg onto the final approach the fight controls suddenly collapsed and the nose of the plane pitched up. The pilot attempted to maintain control of the aircraft by using the throttle and flap controls but it collided with a vehicle and terminal building. A rusted elevator control cable broke. Improper maintenance procedures. Total failure of the elevator control due to corrosion.

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