Plane vs. Tornado: The crash of NLM Cityhopper flight 431

The wreckage of the Fokker F-28 lies in a crater excavated during the brutal impact. Image source: ANP / C. Mulder
The Fokker F-28 “Fellowship” involved in the accident. Image source: Christian Volpati
Image source: W. T. Roach and J. Findlater
Image source: W. T. Roach and J. Findlater
The formation process of a mesocyclone. Image source: Vanessa Ezekowitz
Downdrafts constrict the central updraft, increasing wind speeds and giving it its distinctive funnel shape. Image source: the LA Times
Photographs (right) and reproductions (left) show the actual tornado that occurred in Moerdijk on the 6th of October, 1981. Image source: W. T. Roach and J. Findlater
A local resident snapped this picture of the Moerdijk tornado from the opposite direction. Image source: Bert Eestermans
An artistic rendition of the final moments of flight 431. (Own work)
Debris lies scattered across a road and a bicycle path after the crash. (Public domain image)
The wreckage of the Fokker F-28 lies in a crater excavated during the brutal impact. Image source: ANP / C. Mulder
Part of the Fokker’s right wing is recovered from the Hollands Diep after the crash. Image source: unknown
A map shows every known tornado to hit Europe between 2000 and 2012. Even powerful tornadoes do strike occasionally, such as the F4 on this map, as well as an F5 that struck the USSR in 1984, killing as many as 400 people. Image source: the European Severe Storms Laboratory
More wreckage from flight 981 littered the steps by the railroad bridge. (Public domain image)
The remains of Delta flight 191, brought down by wind shear in 1985. Image source: the Dallas Morning News
A memorial commemorates some of the victims of flight 431. Image source: Johan van Tuyl

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Admiral Cloudberg

Admiral Cloudberg

Analyzer of plane crashes and author of upcoming book (eventually™). Contact me via @Admiral_Cloudberg on Reddit or by email at kylanddempsey@gmail.com.