Accident description
Last updated: 25 July 2014
Status:Final
Date:Wednesday 6 June 1990
Time:17:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208A Cargomaster
Operating for:West Air
Leased from:Federal Express
Registration: N803FE
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) show on map
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Fresno Air Terminal, CA (FAT/KFAT), United States of America
Destination airport:Oakland International Airport, CA (OAK/KOAK), United States of America
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.

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. "

Classification:


Forced landing outside airport

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Fresno Air Terminal, CA to Oakland International Airport, CA as the crow flies is 244 km (152 miles).

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