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Accident description
Last updated: 25 September 2016
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 20 June 1996
Time:14:08
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3A-S1C3G
Operator:Loren Davis Ministries International
Registration: N23WT
C/n / msn: 11650
First flight: 1943
Total airframe hrs:51307
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Cut and Shoot, TX (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Training
Departure airport:Conroe-Montgomery County Airport, TX (CXO/KCXO), United States of America
Destination airport:Conroe-Montgomery County Airport, TX (CXO/KCXO), United States of America
Narrative:
The DC-3 was on a training flight when, at initial climb the co-pilot called for METO (maximum except takeoff) power. After the pilot-in-command set METO power, the left engine lost power. and the PIC took over control and called for the co-pilot to feather the no. 1 propeller, but the co-pilot didn't hear this call
At 90 knots airspeed and wings level, the airplane struck the top of a 55 foot tall hickory tree approximately 3,960 feet from the departure end of runway 14 and struck a trailer roof, trees, a small pickup truck, and power lines before coming to rest upright in a residential front yard 337 feet from the initial impact point.
The cockpit area and main fuselage burnt out.


PROBABLE CAUSE: "The flight instructors failure to use the single engine best angle of climb airspeed resulting in a loss of control of the aircraft. Factors were the loss of power to the left engine for undetermined reasons, the flight instructor not being qualified to be pilot in-command in the DC-3, his lack of recent experience in the DC-3, and the lack of suitable terrain for the forced landing."

Sources:
» ICAO Adrep Summary 2/97 (#76)
» Scramble 210


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