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Status:Final
Date:Wednesday 10 May 1978
Time:11:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter
Operator:Unknown
Registration: N5370G
MSN: 343
First flight: 1959
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Del Rio, TX (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Unknown
Departure airport:Del Rio International Airport, TX (DRT/KDRT), United States of America
Destination airport:Alamogordo Municipal Airport, NM (ALM/KALM), United States of America
Narrative:
Lost control and crashed after takeoff because the elevator push-pull tube had broken. The aircraft had been parked in strong winds without the controls being locked.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE(S):
airframe - flight control surfaces: elevator assembly,attachments
miscellaneous acts,conditions - previous damage

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Del Rio International Airport, TX to Alamogordo Municipal Airport, NM as the crow flies is 613 km (383 miles).

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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