ASN Aircraft accident de Havilland Canada DHC-3T Turbine Otter N725TH Freeland, WA
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Status:Accident Investigation report not yet completed, but information verified through authorities or other sources.
Date:Sunday 4 September 2022
Time:15:09
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH3T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-3T Turbine Otter
Operator:Friday Harbor Seaplane Tours
Registration: N725TH
MSN: 466
First flight: 1967
Engines: 1 General Electric H80
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Total:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:3 km (1.9 mls) SW off Freeland, WA (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Friday Harbor SPB, WA (FBS), United States of America
Destination airport:Renton Airport, WA (RNT/KRNT), United States of America
Narrative:
A float-equipped de Havilland Canada DHC-3T Turbine Otter, N725TH, crashed in Mutiny Bay, Washington. All ten occupants were killed in the accident.

The accident flight departed from Friday Harbor Seaplane Base, Washington, about 14:50 with a destination of Renton Municipal Airport (RNT), Washington. Track data indicated the airplane flew at an en route altitude of 650 to 975 ft above mean sea level (msl), and the groundspeed was between 115 and 125 knots. At 15:08:43 the altitude increased to 1,125 ft, and the groundspeed reduced to 109 knots. At 15:08:49, the altitude decreased to 875 ft and the groundspeed reduced to 100 knots. The tracking data ended at 15:08:51, at an altitude of 700 ft and groundspeed of 55 knots.

Witnesses near the accident site reported that the airplane was in level flight before it entered a slight climb, then pitched down in a near-vertical descent. The airplane continued in a nose low, spiraling, near-vertical descent until it impacted water in Mutiny Bay.

The wreckage was located a week later, at a depth of 190 feet.

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation ongoing
Accident number: DCA22MA193
Download report: Preliminary report

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