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Status:Final
Date:Saturday 29 July 2006
Time:ca 13:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 100
Operating for:Quantum Leap Skydiving Center
Leased from:Adventure Aviation
Registration: N203E
MSN: 53
First flight: 1967-06-14 (39 years 2 months)
Total airframe hrs:37434
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-20
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 7
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Sullivan Regional Airport, MO (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Parachuting
Departure airport:Sullivan Regional Airport, MO (KUUV), United States of America
Destination airport:Sullivan Regional Airport, MO (KUUV), United States of America
Narrative:
Twin Otter N203E departed Sullivan Regional carrying seven skydivers. Immediately after takeoff from runway 06 witnesses heard a popping sound. The Twin Otter lost height, contacted a utility pole, a tree and crashed next to a house at 1039 North and South Road, just northwest of the airport.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the pilot’s failure to maintain airspeed following a loss of power in the right engine due to the fracturing of compressor turbine blades for undetermined reasons. Contributing to some parachutists’ injuries was the lack of a more effective restraint system on the airplane."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 2 months
Accident number: NTSB AAR-08-03/SUM
Download report: Final report
Language: English

Classification:
Loss of control

Sources:
» Sky divers' plane crashes, killing 6 (St. Louis Post-Dispatch 29-7-2006)


Follow-up / safety actions

NTSB issued 4 Safety Recommendations

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accident date: 29-07-2006
type: de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 100
registration: N203E
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accident date: 29-07-2006
type: de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 100
registration: N203E
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accident date: 29-07-2006
type: de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 100
registration: N203E
 

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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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