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Last updated: 27 November 2021
Date:Saturday 19 May 1990
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3A
Operator:K&K Aircraft
Registration: N1FN
MSN: 11685
First flight: 1943
Total airframe hrs:34906
Engines: 2 Wright R-1820
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Capon Bridge, WV (   United States of America)
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Departure airport:Martinsburg-Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport/Shepherd Field, WV (MRB/KMRB), United States of America
Destination airport:Winchester Municipal Airport, VA (WGO/KOKV), United States of America
The DC-3 collided with power lines during a swath run, climbed gradually, entering a steep nose high attitude. The aircraft stalled and crashed from a height of 1200 feet agl.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Inadequate visual lookout by the pilots of the DC-3, which resulted in their failure to see-and-avoid the power lines. Factors related to the accident were: the obstruction (transmission wires), and the lack of visual cues for the pilots."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years
Accident number: BFO90FA046
Download report: Summary report

Collision with pole or wires
Loss of control

» ICAO Adrep Summary 3/94 (#86)
» Scramble Vol.12, nr.03


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Distance from Martinsburg-Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport/Shepherd Field, WV to Winchester Municipal Airport, VA as the crow flies is 32 km (20 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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