ASN Aircraft accident Cessna 208 Caravan I N208KM Dunnellon/Marion County Airport, FL
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Friday 14 October 2016
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208 Caravan I
Operator:National Parachute Test Center - NPTC
Registration: N208KM
MSN: 20800150
First flight: 1989
Total airframe hrs:11336
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 10
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 11
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Dunnellon/Marion County Airport, FL (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Dunnellon/Marion County Airport, FL, United States of America
Destination airport:Dunnellon/Marion County Airport, FL, United States of America
A Cessna 208, N208KM, was substantially damaged during a skydiving event over Marion County Airport (X35), Dunnellon, Florida. One of the 10 skydivers on board was fatally injured, and the commercial pilot and the other 9 skydivers were not injured. The airplane was registered to a private individual and operated by the National Parachute Test Center.
The flight departed and climbed to an altitude of 1,250 ft above ground level. The first three skydivers exited the airplane uneventfully, and the fourth moved into position. The training advisor observed that the fourth skydiver seemed to hesitate, and the jumpmaster leaned forward toward him. As the fourth jumper exited the airplane, the training advisor noticed a flash of white and watched as the jumpmaster's reserve parachute deployed and entered the airplane's slipstream. The jumpmaster attempted to pull the parachute back into the airplane and was pulled into the door frame before being dragged out of the airplane. Observers on the ground watched as the jumpmaster descended beneath his streaming (unopened) reserve parachute to the ground. The ground observers reported that the jumpmaster made no movements, appeared to be unconscious, and did not deploy his main parachute. The pilot reported that he was able to maintain control of the airplane and land without further incident.
Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the cargo door frame and fuselage were buckled.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: The jumpmaster's failure to guard the reserve parachute ripcord, which caused an inadvertent
deployment of his reserve parachute.

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 9 months
Accident number: ERA17LA018
Download report: Final report

Forced landing on runway



photo of Cessna-208-Caravan-I-N208KM
accident date: 14-10-2016
type: Cessna 208 Caravan I
registration: N208KM


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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