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Last updated: 21 October 2017
Datum:Mittwoch 6 Juni 1990
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208A Cargomaster
Betrieben durch:West Air
Gemietet von :Federal Express
Kennzeichen: N803FE
Werknummer: 208-00015
Baujahr: 1985
Triebwerk: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 1
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 1
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Fresno-Chandler Airport, CA (FCH) (   USA)
Flugphase: Landung (LDG)
Flug von:Fresno Air Terminal, CA (FAT/KFAT), USA
Flug nach:Oakland International Airport, CA (OAK/KOAK), USA
The engine lost oil pressure while climbing through 6,000 feet, after departure from Fresno (FCH). The pilot requested to return to his departure airport but ATC informed the pilot of a closer airport. The pilot secured the engine, feathered the prop, and made a power-off descent to the airport. The pilot elected to make a downwind approach to runway 12L due to his altitude. The airplane over flew the runway and touched down past the departure end. It penetrated the airport perimeter fence, struck several trees, a sign post, a light pole, and an auto before coming to rest in a residential area.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "A loss of engine oil pressure due to improper maintenance performed on the engine oil filler cap by an unknown person. In addition, the pilot misjudged his landing approach to the runway during the forced landing which resulted in an overshoot and collision with objects. a tailwind contributed to the overshoot. "

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 6 months
Accident number: LAX90FA209
Download report: Summary report



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Distance from Fresno Air Terminal, CA to Oakland International Airport, CA as the crow flies is 244 km (152 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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