Accident description
Last updated: 21 August 2014
Status:Final
Date:Wednesday 10 May 1978
Time:11:30
Type:de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter
Operator:Unknown
Registration: N5370G
C/n / msn: 343
First flight: 1959
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Del Rio, TX (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Unknown
Departure airport:Del Rio International Airport, TX (DRT), United States of America
Destination airport:Alamogordo Municipal Airport, NM (ALM/KALM), United States of America
Narrative:
Lost control and crashed after takeoff because the elevator push-pull tube had broken. The aircraft had been parked in strong winds without the controls being locked.

PROBABLE CAUSE(S):
airframe - flight control surfaces: elevator assembly,attachments
miscellaneous acts,conditions - previous damage

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Del Rio International Airport, TX to Alamogordo Municipal Airport, NM as the crow flies is 613 km (383 miles).

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