7 June 1989 - Surinam 764

Surinam Airways, flight PY764, a DC-8 with registration N1809E, departed Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport at 23.25h (June 6) for a flight to Paramaribo. The last weather information relayed to PY764 was a visibility of 900m in fog, 2/8 cloud cover with a cloud base at 400ft, wind calm, 22deg C temperature and 1012mb. This caught the crew by surprise since the last weather information had been a visibility of 6km. Though the crewmembers knew that the ILS was not to be used for operational purposes and that they had been cleared for a VOR/DME approach, they still decided to execute an ILS/DME approach to runway 10. By using the unreliable ILS signal they descended too low. Warning signals were ignored and the aircraft eventually struck a tree with the no.2 engine, about 25m above the ground. The right wing then struck another tree, causing the aircraft to roll, striking the ground inverted.

Of the 9 crew and 178 passengers, none of the crew and only 11 passengers survived, leaving 176 dead.

A group of Surinamese football players playing professionally in the Netherlands and organized as an exhibition team known as the Colourful 11 was among the dead. The team was an initiative of Dutch Surinamese social worker Sonny Hasnoe who worked with underprivileged children in disadvantaged neighbourhoods in Amsterdam. Many people of Surinamese origin lived in the city's Bijlmer district and were isolated from mainstream Dutch society. Hasnoe often found that he could engage the youngsters socially if they saw positive role models that had the same background as they did. He encouraged young boys to join football clubs and noted an improvement in their behaviour when they were playing sports as it gave them an opportunity to interact with their white contemporaries and so helped speed up the process of social integration.

In 1986, Sonny Hasnoe organised the first match between a star selection of Surinamese Dutch professionals and SV Robinhood, champions of the domestic Surinamese competition. The match was a great success and further contests were arranged. The Colourful 11 were to play a match in Surinam in June 1989, however a number of players were denied permission to travel by their Dutch professional clubs. Among the players who stayed back as a result were Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard, Aron Winter, Bryan Roy, Stanley Menzo and Regi Blinker. A group of eighteen "second stringers" travelled to Surinam instead. Former Ajax players and Dutch internationals Hennie Meijer and Stanley Menzo – who ignored his club's decree and went to Surinam on his own accord – had taken an earlier flight and were spared the fate of their team mates.

Transcript of the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR)

CAM-1 = Cockpit Area Mike - captain
CAM-2 = Cockpit Area Mike - 1st officer
CAM-3 = Cockpit Area Mike - flight engineer
GPWS = Ground Proximity Warning System
TWR = Paramaribo Tower
RDO-2 = Radio communication - 1st officer
* = expletive of unkown

Source: Contents:
cam-1 Let me know when you radial's alive here.
cam-2 Okay it's alive you just keep on coming around on the thirty degrees bank there you be alright.
cam-2 Get in on up to thrity degrees.
cam-3 Two thousand fast.
cam-1 Huh?
cam-2 Two thousand, two thousand.
cam- Okay.
cam-1 You mean I went through it so we'll come back.
cam-2 Just on the one oh three radial.
cam-1 Now.
cam-2 It's a level out it's about ten degrees to the right level out now you'll be alright.
cam-2 You're on the one oh three now on the VOR.
cam-3 Is it the one oh three inbound.
cam-2 One oh three.
cam-3 Or one oh four.
cam-2 One oh three I'm sorry one oh four.
cam-1 Okay.
cam-2 One oh four.
cam-1 How far out are we.
cam-2 We got.
cam-1 How far out are we.
cam-2 Let me get back on the DME.
cam-1 Okay.
cam-2 Runway is twelve thirty.
cam-1 Okay.
- (sound of altitude alert)
cam-1 Ah *.
cam-1 I'm right on the localizer now.
cam-2 Thirteen DME.
cam-2 Runway's twelve o'clock.
cam-2 Okay.
cam-2 Twelve DME.
cam-1 Alright.
cam-2 Ah I did'nt understand you.
twr Suriname seven six four wind is calm you're cleared to land.
rdo-2 Cleared to land seven six four.
cam-2 On the localizer.
twr Do you have the runway lights in sight?
rdo-2 Affirm.
twr Roger.
cam-2 A little bit of low fog comming up I recon just a litte bit.
cam-2 Okay it's down right right there, ah close to the runway *.
cam-2 I see it.
cam-2 Glideslope's alive.
cam-1 Gear down.
- (sound of landing gear being lowered)
cam-1 * can't get that son of a * .
cam-2 Can't get it in there.
cam-1 Yeah.
cam-2 Oh well.
cam-3 I see the altimeters are set, flaps and slats we're working on.
cam-2 Twenty three on the flap.
cam-3 Gear is down and three green.
cam-3 *
cam-1 Thirtyfive.
cam-3 Spoiler lever is armed ignition is on.
cam-1 Thirtyfive.
cam-3 Final flap setting to go, Wil.
cam-1 Okay man.
cam-2 Drifting slightly left.
cam-2 That ILS is slightly off on that there indication.
- (sound of trim in motion buzzer)
- (sound of trim in motion buzzer)
cam-2 Slightly left of runway.
cam-1 If I get a capture here I'll be happy.
cam-2 On glideslope just above.
cam-1 I did'nt get no capture yet.
cam-2 No I know it I don't trust that ILS.
cam-1 There it is.
cam-2 I think you're... according to that runway you look like you're high.
cam-1 Now it's okay.
cam-2 Slightly left of runway.
cam-1 Okay.
GPWS Glide slope
cam-2 Five hundred feet.
GPWS Glide slope
GPWS Glide slope
cam-3 *
cam-1 Tell him to turn the runway lights up.
GPWS Glide slope
cam-2 Glideslope.
rdo-2 Would you put the runway lights up please?
GPWS Glide slope
cam-2 How's that.
cam-1 Tell'em to put the runway lights bright.
rdo-2 Please put the runway lights bright.
twr Right on.
cam-2 Three hundred feet.
cam-1 *
cam-2 Two hundred feet
cam-1 Okay MDA.
cam-1 I'll level it out here right here.
cam-2 One fifty.
cam-3 Pull up
- (sound of first impact)
- (sound of momentary power interuption to the CVR)
- (sound of stick shacker starts and continues unill the end of the recording)
cam-3 Pull up.
cam-3 That's it I'm dead.
- (end of recording)

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