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Last updated: 21 June 2021
Status:Final
Date:Friday 20 September 2019
Time:12:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
Operator:private
Registration: N895SF
MSN: 208B0095
First flight: 1988
Total airframe hrs:18426
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Pepperell Airport, MA (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Parachuting
Departure airport:Pepperell Airport, MA, United States of America
Destination airport:Pepperell Airport, MA, United States of America
Narrative:
The Cessna 208B, N895SF, was substantially damaged during a hard landing at Pepperell Airport (26MA), Massachusetts, USA. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was privately owned and operated as a skydiving flight.
According to the pilot, he was flying 10 skydivers and one passenger up to an altitude of 10,500 feet mean sea level. After the skydivers departed the airplane, the pilot returned to the airport and made a normal approach to land on runway 24. When the airplane was about 10-15 feet above the runway, he thought he encountered a sudden downdraft and the airplane just "dropped" out of the air and landed hard on the grass runway. The nose landing gear fractured off as the airplane slid to the right side of the runway and crossed the asphalt parallel runway. The airplane then contacted a small tree on the right wing that spun the airplane around. The left wing then contacted the ground and bent the last three feet of the wing tip up. The pilot stated there were no mechanical anomalies with the airplane at the time of the accident.

Probable Cause:

Probable Cause: "The pilot's loss of control when the airplane encountered a downdraft during landing approach, which resulted in a subsequent hard landing and gear collapse."

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: ERA19TA278
Download report: Summary report

Classification:
Windshear/downdraft
Heavy landing
Loss of control

Sources:
» NTSB


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accident date: 20-09-2019
type: Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
registration: N895SF
 

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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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