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Last updated: 25 May 2019
Status:Final
Date:Wednesday 18 January 1978
Time:15:03
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300
Operator:Frontier Airlines (FL)
Registration: N982FL
C/n / msn: 465
First flight: 1975
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Pueblo Memorial Airport, CO (PUB) (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Training
Departure airport:Pueblo Memorial Airport, CO (PUB/KPUB), United States of America
Destination airport:Pueblo Memorial Airport, CO (PUB/KPUB), United States of America
Narrative:
The flight, to check out a newly hired pilot, took off at 13:00. A runway 27 VOR approach was carried out, followed by circling approach and full stop landing on runway 17. The Twin Otter took off again from runway 17 and was seen to attain an extreme nose-high attitude. The aircraft reached a height of 100-150 feet, nosed over and crashed. The flaps were found fully extended in the 30-degree position, while the normal setting for takeoff of 10 degrees.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
check pilot - failed to obtain/maintain flying speed
check pilot - failed to follow approved procedures,directives,etc.
check pilot - misused or failed to use flaps

Sources:
» NTSB


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accident date: 18-01-1978
type: de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300
registration: N982FL
 

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