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Accident description
Last updated: 19 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Saturday 9 April 2016
Time:ca 17:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 100
Operator:Skydive San Marcos
Registration: N122PM
C/n / msn: 15
First flight: 1966-10-26 (49 years 6 months)
Total airframe hrs:53624
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-60A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Substantial
Location:Fentress Airpark, TX (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Parachuting
Departure airport:Fentress Airpark, TX, United States of America
Destination airport:Fentress Airpark, TX, United States of America
Narrative:
The DHC-6 Twin Otter sustained substantial damaged when it struck trees after suffering a runway excursion at Fentress, TX.
The pilot reported that he was landing in gusty crosswind conditions following a parachute jump flight, and that the gusty conditions had persisted for the previous 10 skydiving flights that day. The pilot further reported that during the landing roll, when the nose wheel touched down, the airplane became "unstable" and veered to the left. He reported that he applied right rudder and added power to abort the landing, but the airplane departed the runway to the left and the left wing impacted a tree. The airplane spun 180 degrees to the left and came to rest after the impact with the tree.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: " The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during the aborted landing in gusty crosswind conditions, which resulted in a runway excursion and a collision with a tree."

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 53 days (2 months)
Accident number: GAA16CA184
Download report: Summary report

Classification:
Runway excursion

Sources:
» FAA
» NTSB


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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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