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Datum:Samstag 31 März 2001
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DHC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter
Fluggesellschaft:Bishop Aviation
Kennzeichen: N120BA
Werknummer: 115
Baujahr: 1956
Triebwerk: 1 Garrett TPE331-10-511
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 1
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 21
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 22
Sachschaden: schwer beschädigt
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Decatur-Bishop Airfield, TX (   USA)
Flugphase: Anfangssteigflug (ICL)
Flug von:Decatur-Bishop Airfield, TX, USA
Flug nach:Decatur-Bishop Airfield, TX, USA
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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