ASN Aircraft accident de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 200 N3257 Homer City, PA
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Friday 11 October 1985
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 200
Operator:Mountain Air Cargo
Registration: N3257
MSN: 192
First flight: 1969
Total airframe hrs:33487
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-20
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Homer City, PA (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:State College-University Park Airport, PA (SCE/KUNV), United States of America
Destination airport:Pittsburgh International Airport, PA (PIT/KPIT), United States of America
The Twin Otter collided with rising terrain of about 1250 feet. The wreckage was scattered along a distance of 375 feet.

Probable Cause:

"Altitude - not maintained - pilot in command
Clearance - improper - pilot in command
Low pass - performed - - pilot in command"

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» Aviation Letter 242
» NTSB id NYC85FA006


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Distance from State College-University Park Airport, PA to Pittsburgh International Airport, PA as the crow flies is 204 km (127 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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