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Accident description
Last updated: 11 December 2017
Status:Final
Date:Friday 11 October 1985
Time:21:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 200
Operator:Mountain Air Cargo
Registration: N3257
C/n / msn: 192
First flight: 1969
Total airframe hrs:33487
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-20
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Homer City, PA (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:State College-University Park Airport, PA (SCE/KUNV), United States of America
Destination airport:Pittsburgh International Airport, PA (PIT/KPIT), United States of America
Narrative:
The Twin Otter collided with rising terrain of about 1250 feet. The wreckage was scattered along a distance of 375 feet.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
"Altitude - not maintained - pilot in command
Clearance - improper - pilot in command
Low pass - performed - - pilot in command"

Sources:
» Aviation Letter 242
» NTSB id NYC85FA006


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Distance from State College-University Park Airport, PA to Pittsburgh International Airport, PA as the crow flies is 204 km (127 miles).

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