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Last updated: 19 January 2022
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:jeudi 9 janvier 1975
Heure:16:07
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 100
Compagnie:Golden West Airlines
Immatriculation: N6383
Numéro de série: 83
Année de Fabrication: 1967
Heures de vol:10092
Moteurs: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-20
Equipage:victimes: 2 / à bord: 2
Passagers:victimes: 10 / à bord: 10
Total:victimes: 12 / à bord: 12
Victime de la collision:victimes: 2
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:Whittier, CA (   Etats-Unis d'Amérique)
Phase de vol: En approche (APR)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Nat.
Aéroport de départ:Ontario International Airport, CA (ONT/KONT), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:Los Angeles International Airport, CA (LAX/KLAX), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Numéro de vol: 261
Détails:
Golden West Flight 261 departed Ontario, CA at 15:56PST for a VFR flight to Los Angeles. At 16:04 the crew contacted LAX arrival and reported over Rose Hills. The flight was then cleared for the Terminal Control Area (TCA) and no. 2 arrival to runway 24L. At 16:05 the crew were advised that they had traffic 5,5nm in front of them climbing from 1500 to 3000 feet which was a police helicopter on a VFR flight. The arrival controller transmitted another advisory about the helicopter at 16:06, but there was no response. It appeared the Twin Otter had collided in flight at 2200 feet with a Cessna 150 aircraft (N11421). The Twin Otter was flying on a 250deg heading descending 300 feet/min at 146 knots airspeed while the Cessna was flying at 94 kts; the closing speed was 174 kts. The Cessna, operated by CessnAir Aviation had departed from Long Beach on a local training flight at 15:46. Both aircraft crashed. Debris caused some damage to houses and lawns near the crash site.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The failure of both flight crews to see the other aircraft in sufficient time to initiate evasive action. The Board is unable to determine why each crew failed to see an avoid the other aircraft; however, the Board believes that the ability of both crews to detect the other aircraft in time to avoid a collision was reduced because of the position of the sun, the closure angle of the aircraft, and the necessity for the Twin Otter's fight crew to acquire visual contact with radar-reported traffic directly in front of them."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 210 days (7 months)
Accident number: NTSB/AAR-75-14
Download report: Final report

Sources:
» ICAO Aircraft Accident Digest, Circular 146-AN/96 (3-12)


Photos

photo of DHC-6-Twin-Otter-100-N6383
accident date: 09-01-1975
type: de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 100
registration: N6383
 

Plan
Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Ontario International Airport, CA et Los Angeles International Airport, CA est de 75 km (47 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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