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Date:Saturday 24 December 2005
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster
Operating for:Empire Airlines
Leased from:FedEx
Registration: N753FE
MSN: 208B0248
First flight: 1991
Total airframe hrs:7375
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Portland International Airport, OR (PDX) (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Departure airport:Portland International Airport, OR (PDX/KPDX), United States of America
Destination airport:Roseburg Municipal Airport, OR (RBG/KRBG), United States of America
The Cessna Caravan was cleared for takeoff from runway 21 at Portland (PDX). The aircraft did not gain height on takeoff and collided with a glide slope antenna and a fence. It continued across a slough, struck an embankment and came to rest about 900 feet from the departure end of the runway near hole 7 of the Broadmoor Golf Course.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "A partial loss of engine power for an undetermined reason during the initial takeoff climb resulting in an in-flight collision with objects."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 10 months
Accident number: SEA06LA031
Download report: Summary report
Language: English

Forced landing outside airport



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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Portland International Airport, OR to Roseburg Municipal Airport, OR as the crow flies is 266 km (166 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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Cessna 208

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  • 119th loss
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