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Date:Saturday 31 March 2001
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter
Operator:Bishop Aviation
Registration: N120BA
MSN: 115
First flight: 1956
Total airframe hrs:6633
Engines: 1 Garrett TPE331-10-511
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 21
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 22
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Decatur-Bishop Airfield, TX (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Decatur-Bishop Airfield, TX, United States of America
Destination airport:Decatur-Bishop Airfield, TX, United States of America
Struck trees and terrain 250 yards east of the runway following a loss of control during the takeoff/initial climb from the north runway at the private Bishop Airfield. The airplane was carrying parachutists for a local sky-diving jump from 13,000 feet msl.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control during the takeoff/initial climb. Contributing factors were the pilot's exceeding aircraft weight and balance limits and the dust devil."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 242 days (8 months)
Accident number: FTW01LA091
Download report: Summary report
Language: English



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DHC-3 Otter

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