Accident de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 100 N203E,
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Date:Wednesday 22 August 1990
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 100
Owner/operator:National Executive Flight Service
Registration: N203E
MSN: 53
Year of manufacture:1967
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-20
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial, repaired
Location:California City, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:California City Municipal Airport, CA
Destination airport:California City Municipal Airport, CA
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The Twin Otter and a Bell 206B helicopter (N250CA) were involved in a movie operation. The Bell carried a cameraman. The DHC-6 carried parachutists. The purpose of the operation was to photograph the parachutists exiting the jump aircraft. The pilot of N250CA said he was in formation with the Twin Otter and was maneuvering into camera position when the rotor blades contacted the vertical stabilizer and rudder of N203E. The pilot of N203E was not in a position to have visual contact with the helicopter.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The failure of the helicopter pilot to maintain adequate clearance from the jump aircraft. A factor in the accident was the inability of the jump aircraft pilot to maintain visual contact with the helicopter."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: LAX90LA298B
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 6 months
Download report: Final report


History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft
29 July 2006 N203E Quantum Leap Skydiving Center 6 Sullivan Regional Airport, MO w/o
Loss of control

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