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Last updated: 22 October 2021
Datum:Freitag 25 März 1988
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic JS31 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
British Aerospace 3101 Jetstream 31
Betrieben durch:American Eagle
Gemietet von :Chaparral Airlines
Kennzeichen: N411AE
Werknummer: 671
Baujahr: 1985
Triebwerk: 2 Garrett TPE331-10UR-513H
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 2
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 2
Sachschaden: schwer beschädigt
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:nahe Decatur, TX (   USA)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Flug von:Wichita Falls-Sheppard AFB, TX (SPS/KSPS), USA
Flug nach:Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, TX (DFW/KDFW), USA
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

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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).

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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