Accident description
Last updated: 31 July 2014
Status:Final
Date:Monday 26 March 1973
Time:05:10
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 100
Operator:Air Central
Registration: N7705
C/n / msn: 5
First flight: 1966
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-20
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Champaign-Willard University Airport, IL (CMI) (   United States of America) show on map
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:Champaign-Willard University Airport, IL (CMI/KCMI), United States of America
Destination airport:Chicago (unknown airport), IL, United States of America
Narrative:
The Twin Otter lost control and crashed shortly after takeoff. It appeared that the gust lock was still engaged.

PROBABLE CAUSE:
pilot in command - inadequate preflight preparation and/or planning
miscellaneous acts,conditions - gust locks engaged
FACTORS:
weather - unfavorable wind conditions
weather briefing - briefed by flight service personnel, by phone
weather forecast - forecast substantially correct

Classification:
Locked rudders/ailerons/gustlock
Loss of control

Sources:
» NTSB


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