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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 226410
Last updated: 27 January 2021
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Time:18:20 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE9L model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 65-A90 King Air
Owner/operator:Oahu Parachute Center/N80896 LLC
Registration: N256TA
C/n / msn: LJ-256
Fatalities:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Dillingham Airfield (HDH/PHDH), Mokuleia, Oahu, HI -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Oahu-Dillingham Airfield, HI (HDH/PHDH)
Destination airport:Oahu-Dillingham Airfield, HI (HDH/PHDH)
A Beechcraft A90 King Air, registered N256TA, was destroyed after impacting the terrain shortly after take off in Mokuleia on the north shore of the island of Oahu near Dillingham Airfield (PHDH), Mokuleia, Oahu, Hawaii. The airplane was partially consumed by the post-impact fire and the eleven occupants onboard were fatally injured.

NTSB Preliminary:

On June 21, 2019, at 1822 Hawaii-Aleutian standard time, a Beech 65-A90, N256TA, collided with terrain after takeoff from Dillingham Airfield (HDH), Mokuleia, Hawaii. The commercial pilot and ten passengers sustained fatal injuries, and the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was owned by N80896 LLC, and was being operated by Oahu Parachute Center (OPC) under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a local sky-diving flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed. According to the owner of OPC, the accident flight was the fourth of five parachute jump flights scheduled for that day. Two flights took place between 0900 and 0930 and the third departed about 1730 on the first of what OPC called, "sunset" flights. The occupants on the accident flight included the pilot, three tandem parachute instructors and their three customers, and two camera operators; two solo jumpers decided to join the accident flight at the last minute. The passengers were loaded onto the airplane while it was on the taxiway next to the OPC facility on the southeast side of the airport. A parachute instructor at OPC observed the boarding process and watched as the airplane taxied west to the departure end of runway 8. He could hear the engines during the initial ground roll and stated that the sound was normal, consistent with the engines operating at high power. When the airplane came into his view as it headed toward him, it was at an altitude of between 150 and 200 ft above ground level and appeared to be turning. He could see its belly, with the top of the cabin facing the ocean to the north. The airplane then struck the ground in a nose-down attitude, and a fireball erupted. The final second of the accident sequence was captured in the top left frame of a surveillance video camera located at the southeast corner of the airport. Preliminary review of the video data revealed that just before impact the airplane was in an inverted 45° nose-down attitude. Runway 8/26 at Dillingham Airfield is a 9,007-ft-long by 75-ft-wide asphalt runway, with displaced thresholds of 1,993 ft and 1,995 ft, respectively. A parachute landing area was located beyond the departure end of runway 8, and the standard takeoff procedure required a left turn over the adjacent beach to avoid that landing zone. The displaced threshold areas had been designated for sailplane and towplane use, with powered aircraft advised to maintain close base leg turns to assure separation.

The airplane came to rest inverted on a heading of about 011° magnetic, 500 ft north of the runway centerline, and 5,550 ft beyond the runway 8 numbers, where the takeoff roll began. The debris field was confined to a 75-ft-wide area just inside the airport perimeter fence. The cabin, tail section, and inboard wings were largely consumed by fire, and both wings outboard of the engine nacelle sustained leading edge crush damage and thermal exposure. Both engines came to rest in the center of the debris field, and fragments of the vertical and both horizontal stabilizers were located within the surrounding area.

Jan. 7, 2021 — Citing inadequate training of a pilot whose plane crash resulted in 11 deaths, the National Transportation Safety Board called on the FAA to better monitor the effectiveness of flight instructors.

In the safety recommendation report, the NTSB referenced the FAA’s ‘Aviation Instructor’s Handbook,’ which states the goal of a flight instructor is “to teach each learner in such a way that he or she will become a competent pilot.” The NTSB said that in regard to the Mokuleia accident pilot, “the flight instructor did not achieve that goal.”

The NTSB found the Mokuleia accident pilot had failed three initial flight tests in his attempts to obtain his private pilot certificate, instrument rating, and commercial pilot certificate after receiving instruction from a single instructor. The pilot subsequently passed each flight test.

The Mokuleia accident pilot was not alone in his failed attempts; the pass rate for other students taught by the same flight instructor was 59 percent (for the two-year period ending in April 2020). FAA data show the average national pass rate for students of all flight instructors is 80 percent. The NTSB said substandard student pass rates may be indicative of “a flight instructor who does not effectively teach the necessary skills associated with pilot certificates and ratings.

The NTSB asked the FAA to develop a system to automatically alert its inspectors of flight instructors whose student pass rates fall below 80 percent. Although a tracking system does exist to monitor pass rates, there currently is no automatic notification to an FAA inspector when a pass rate falls below the FAA-established rate of 80 percent and becomes substandard.

The FAA’s stated practices on flight instructor surveillance are that substandard pass rates are indicative of instruction that needs to be more closely monitored so the FAA inspector can determine whether the instructor is providing adequate flight training. The NTSB found, however, that even with the substandard student pass rate, the Mokuleia accident pilot’s flight instructor was not receiving appropriate additional scrutiny.

The NTSB also recommended that until a system that generates an automatic notification of flight instructor substandard pass rates is implemented, FAA inspectors should review flight instructors’ pass rates on an ongoing basis to identify any in need of closer monitoring.

The NTSB also asked the FAA to include substandard student pass rates as one of the criteria necessitating additional surveillance of a flight instructor.

Previous accident involving N256TA

Last ASN occurence in 2016:

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

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Revision history:

22-Jun-2019 05:16 Geno Added
22-Jun-2019 05:20 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Source, Damage, Narrative]
22-Jun-2019 05:54 Captain Adam Updated [Aircraft type, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Source, Narrative]
22-Jun-2019 06:20 Captain Adam Updated [Nature, Source, Narrative]
22-Jun-2019 06:28 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Source]
22-Jun-2019 06:30 Captain Adam Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
22-Jun-2019 06:35 Iceman 29 Updated [Aircraft type]
22-Jun-2019 06:36 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport]
22-Jun-2019 06:40 Iceman 29 Updated [Source]
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22-Jun-2019 13:56 Geno Updated [Source]
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22-Jun-2019 21:38 Captain Adam Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Source, Narrative]
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