Narrative:The engine lost oil pressure while climbing through 6,000 feet, after departure from Fresno (FCH). The pilot requested to return to his departure airport but ATC informed the pilot of a closer airport. The pilot secured the engine, feathered the prop, and made a power-off descent to the airport. The pilot elected to make a downwind approach to runway 12L due to his altitude. The airplane over flew the runway and touched down past the departure end. It penetrated the airport perimeter fence, struck several trees, a sign post, a light pole, and an auto before coming to rest in a residential area.
|Date:||Wednesday 6 June 1990|
Cessna 208A Cargomaster
|Operating for:||West Air|
|Leased from:||Federal Express|
|C/n / msn:|| 208-00015|
|First flight:|| 1985|
|Engines:|| 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0|
|Total:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1 |
|Airplane damage:|| Destroyed|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Fresno-Chandler Airport, CA (FCH) (United States of America)
|Phase:|| Landing (LDG)|
|Departure airport:||Fresno Air Terminal, CA (FAT/KFAT), United States of America|
|Destination airport:||Oakland International Airport, CA (OAK/KOAK), United States of America|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "A loss of engine oil pressure due to improper maintenance performed on the engine oil filler cap by an unknown person. In addition, the pilot misjudged his landing approach to the runway during the forced landing which resulted in an overshoot and collision with objects. a tailwind contributed to the overshoot. "
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Distance from Fresno Air Terminal, CA to Oakland International Airport, CA as the crow flies is 244 km (152 miles).