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Last updated: 22 October 2017
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:vendredi 6 octobre 1989
Heure:22:05
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208 Caravan I
Compagnie:Westchester Air
Immatriculation: N208W
Numéro de série: 208-00115
Année de Fabrication: 1987
Heures de vol:980
Moteurs: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114
Equipage:victimes: 2 / à bord: 2
Passagers:victimes: 3 / à bord: 3
Total:victimes: 5 / à bord: 5
Dégats de l'appareil: Détruit
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:Uncertain, TX (   Etats-Unis d'Amérique)
Phase de vol: En montée initiale (ICL)
Nature:Privé
Aéroport de départ:Uncertain, TX, Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:Destin Airport, FL (DSI/KDTS), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Détails:
The Caravan I took off at night from a private/unlighted strip with a professional (ATP) pilot and the non-instrument rated owner/pilot at the controls. After takeoff, the aircraft entered a slight left turn. Subsequently, it hit the top of a tall pine tree, about 80 feet (25 m) above ground level and 202 feet (62 m) left of the runway centreline. The aircraft then crashed into other trees after travelling about an additional 450 feet (138 m). It was not determined which pilot was actually flying the plane. Toxicology checks showed the owner had a blood/alcohol level of 0.041% (41 mg/dl) and a urine/alcohol level of 0.012% (12 mg/dl). Toxicology checks of the professional pilot's blood and urine were negative for alcohol.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Improper planning/decision by the pilot-in-command, and failure of the aircrew to maintain runway alignment and clearance from the high obstructions (trees) beside the runway. Related factors were: weather conditions, dark night, lack of runway edge lights, lack of visual perception by the pilot(s), and trees beside the runway."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 12 months
Accident number: FTW90FA005
Download report: Summary report

Sources:
» NTSB Id FTW90FA005


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Plan
Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Uncertain, TX et Destin Airport, FL est de 766 km (479 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

Les informations ci-dessus ne représentent pas l'opinion de la 'Flight Safety Foundation' ou de 'Aviation Safety Network' sur les causes de l'accident. Ces informations prélimimaires sont basées sur les faits tel qu'ils sont connus à ce jour.
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