ASN Aircraft accident de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Vista Liner 300 N75GC Grand Canyon-National Park Airport, AZ (GCN)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Wednesday 27 September 1989
Time:09:53 MST
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Vista Liner 300
Operator:Grand Canyon Airlines
Registration: N75GC
MSN: 439
First flight: 1974
Total airframe hrs:11180
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 19
Total:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 21
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Grand Canyon-National Park Airport, AZ (GCN) (   United States of America)
Crash site elevation: 2014 m (6608 feet) amsl
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Grand Canyon-National Park Airport, AZ (GCN/KGCN), United States of America
Destination airport:Grand Canyon-National Park Airport, AZ (GCN/KGCN), United States of America
Flightnumber: 5
The aircraft took off from Grand Canyon at around 09:00 for the second tour flight that day. After the tour, Canyon flight 5 was cleared for a runway 21 approach. The plane travelled down the runway about 5 feet in the air for about 1000 feet before it bounced on landing. The aircraft travelled 1000 feet and touched down on the right wingtip, crushing the aileron/flap hinge up into the wing. Full power was applied for a go-around. Control was lost as the aircraft attained an extreme nose-up attitude and the aircraft crashed into trees.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Improper pilot techniques and crew coordination during the landing attempt, bounce, and attempted go-around."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 3 months
Accident number: NTSB/AAR-91-01
Download report: Final report

Bounced on landing
Loss of control

» NTSB/AAR-91/01
» Volkskrant 28.09.89

Follow-up / safety actions

NTSB issued 11 Safety Recommendations

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photo of DHC-6-Vista-Liner-300-N75GC
accident date: 27-09-1989
type: de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Vista Liner 300
registration: N75GC


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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