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Last updated: 19 October 2021
Fecha:viernes 25 marzo 1988
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic JS31 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
British Aerospace 3101 Jetstream 31
Operado por:American Eagle
Alquilado a :Chaparral Airlines
Registración: N411AE
Numéro de série: 671
Año de Construcción: 1985
Horas Totales de la Célula:4475
Motores: 2 Garrett TPE331-10UR-513H
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 2
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 0
Total:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 2
Daños en la Aeronave: Considerable
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:cerca Decatur, TX (   Estados Unidos de América)
Fase: En ruta (ENR)
Aeropuerto de Salida:Wichita Falls-Sheppard AFB, TX (SPS/KSPS), Estados Unidos de América
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, TX (DFW/KDFW), Estados Unidos de América
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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