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Last updated: 19 November 2017
Datum:Sonntag 21 August 1983
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic L18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed 18 Learstar II
Betrieben durch:Landry Aviation
Gemietet von :Command Aviation
Kennzeichen: N116CA
Werknummer: 18-2472
Baujahr: 1943
Triebwerk: 2 Wright R-1820-76B
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 2
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 9 / Insassen: 24
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 11 / Insassen: 26
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:nahe Stanwood, WA (   USA)
Flugphase: Manövrieren (MNV)
Flug von:Arlington Municipal Airport, WA (AWO/KAWO), USA
Flug nach:Arlington Municipal Airport, WA (AWO/KAWO), USA
At 12,500 feet over the drop zone 16 parachutist exited the plane. Then the aircraft lost control and three jumpers hit the stabilizer. The aircraft crashed in a near vertical descent. Investigation revealed the centre of gravity was behind the aft limit for takeoff and the jump. The elevator trim actuator was found in a position for full nose-up trim.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The failure of the operator and the pilot-in-command to assure proper load distribution during the jumper exit procedure. A more intensive program of surveillance by the Federal Aviation Administration may lead to the detection and elimination of some of the factors in the accident."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 270 days (9 months)
Accident number: NTSB/AAR-84/06
Download report: Final report



NTSB issued 3 Safety Recommendations

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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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