ASN Aircraft accident Cessna 208 Supervan 900 D-FIDI Gransee Airfield
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Wednesday 11 September 2019
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208 Supervan 900
Operating for:GoJump
Registration: D-FIDI
MSN: 20800301
First flight: 1999
Total airframe hrs:4066
Engines: 1 Honeywell TPE331-12JR-702TT
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Gransee Airfield (   Germany)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Gransee Airfield (EDUG), Germany
Destination airport:Gransee Airfield (EDUG), Germany
The pilot took off with the Cessna 208 Caravan at 14:48 from Gransee Airfield. On board were 15 parachutists besides the pilot. the parachutists were dropped at FL130.
On the accident day the pilot had already performed three drop flights with a total flight time of 48 minutes. After dropping the parachutists on the 4th drop flight, on approach to the airfield, the airplane was last detected by radar near the accident site at 15:05:49 at an altitude of about 550 ft AMSL. At that time, the ground speed was about 168 kt and the ground heading was about 330°.
The air traffic controller stated that he had observed the final phase of the approach. The airplane had been in a left turn near the ground with up to a 90° bank angle.
The aircraft then disappeared behind trees and struck terrain, killing the pilot.

Probable Cause:

The aircraft accident resulted from a risky near-ground flight maneuver that resulted in impact with the ground in a controlled flight condition.
The speed was outside the operational limits of the aircraft during the approach.
The approach was not stabilized.
Contributing human factors:
- Repeated acceptance of risky flight maneuvers near the ground by the pilot (routine violations).
- Pilot's overconfidence and lack of risk assessment.
Contributing operational factor:
- Inappropriate wording in the flight operations manual regarding the approach to the airfield after dropping the parachutists.

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: BFU Germany
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 4 months
Accident number: BFU19-1272-3X
Download report: Final report

Landing after unstabilized approach
Non-adherence to procedures
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground



photo of Cessna-208-Caravan-I-D-FIDI
accident date: 11-09-2019
type: Cessna 208 Caravan I
registration: D-FIDI
photo of Cessna-208-Caravan-I-D-FIDI
accident date: 11-09-2019
type: Cessna 208 Caravan I
registration: D-FIDI

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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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