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Accident
Last updated: 29 June 2016
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Freitag 6 Oktober 1989
Zeit:22:05
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208 Caravan I
Fluggesellschaft:Westchester Air
Kennzeichen: N208W
Werknummer: 208-00115
Baujahr: 1987
Betriebsstunden:980
Triebwerk: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 2
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 5 / Insassen: 5
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Uncertain, TX (   USA)
Flugphase: Anfangssteigflug (ICL)
Betriebsart:Privat
Flug von:Uncertain, TX, USA
Flug nach:Destin Airport, FL (DSI/KDTS), USA
Unfallbericht:
The Caravan I took off at night from a private/unlighted strip with a professional (ATP) pilot and the non-instrument rated owner/pilot at the controls. After takeoff, the aircraft entered a slight left turn. Subsequently, it hit the top of a tall pine tree, about 80 feet (25 m) above ground level and 202 feet (62 m) left of the runway centreline. The aircraft then crashed into other trees after travelling about an additional 450 feet (138 m). It was not determined which pilot was actually flying the plane. Toxicology checks showed the owner had a blood/alcohol level of 0.041% (41 mg/dl) and a urine/alcohol level of 0.012% (12 mg/dl). Toxicology checks of the professional pilot's blood and urine were negative for alcohol.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Improper planning/decision by the pilot-in-command, and failure of the aircrew to maintain runway alignment and clearance from the high obstructions (trees) beside the runway. Related factors were: weather conditions, dark night, lack of runway edge lights, lack of visual perception by the pilot(s), and trees beside the runway."

Informationsquelle:
» NTSB Id FTW90FA005


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Distance from Uncertain, TX to Destin Airport, FL as the crow flies is 766 km (479 miles).

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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