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Accident description
Last updated: 17 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 28 August 1986
Time:06:53
Type:Silhouette image of generic L18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Howard 250
Operator:Southwest Airlift
Registration: N252K
C/n / msn: 18-2596
First flight: 1943
Total airframe hrs:9534
Engines: 2 Wright R-1820-56A
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Texarkana Municipal Airport, AR (TXK) (   United States of America)
Crash site elevation: 119 m (390 feet) amsl
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Little Rock National Airport, AR (LIT/KLIT), United States of America
Destination airport:Texarkana Municipal Airport, AR (TXK/KTXK), United States of America
Narrative:
The aircraft pitched up, rolled inverted and crashed left of Texarkana runway 13. It appeared that the aircraft had been loaded with the center-of-gravity (cg) well behind the aft limit. Also, the aircraft had been weighed on Sept. 8, 1984 and later on Feb. 1, 1986, weight & balance data had been recomputed after removal of a radar and an autopilot, but an error had been made during the weight and balance preparation.
Subsequently, the aircraft was operated in a tail heavy condition.
Tests showed the pilot and co-pilot had alcohol levels of 0.044% and 0.171%, respectively.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
planning/decision .. improper
impairment(alcohol) .. pilot in command
impairment(alcohol) .. copilot/second pilot
aircraft weight and balance .. improper
improper use of procedure .. company/operator management
improper use of procedure .. pilot in command
in-flight planning/decision .. improper .. pilot in command
aircraft handling .. uncontrolled

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 9 months
Accident number: MKC86FA179
Download report: Summary report

Classification:
Flightcrew member's alcohol, drug usage
Centre of Gravity outside limits
Loss of control

Sources:
» NTSB


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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 Little Rock National Airport, AR to Texarkana Municipal Airport, AR as the crow flies is 214 km (134 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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