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Date:Friday 25 March 1988
Type:Silhouette image of generic JS31 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
British Aerospace 3101 Jetstream 31
Operating for:American Eagle
Leased from:Chaparral Airlines
Registration: N411AE
MSN: 671
First flight: 1985
Total airframe hrs:4475
Engines: 2 Garrett TPE331-10UR-513H
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Decatur, TX (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Wichita Falls-Sheppard AFB, TX (SPS/KSPS), United States of America
Destination airport:Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, TX (DFW/KDFW), United States of America
No.1 engine torque fluctuated 20-30%, so the captain decided to shut it down. The prop couldn't be feathered however. A forced landing had to be made on uneven terrain.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Airplane's encounter with rough terrain during an attempted forced landing. The forced landing was necessitated after the captain used improper procedures to shutdown the left engine in flight following an unexplained torque fluctuation."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 10 months
Accident number: FTW88MA083
Download report: Summary report
Language: English

Forced landing outside airport

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Distance from Wichita Falls-Sheppard AFB, TX to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, TX as the crow flies is 180 km (113 miles).

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