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Accident description
Last updated: 16 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Saturday 15 March 1997
Time:15:28
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Basler BT-67 Turbo 67 (DC-3T)
Operator:Force Aérienne de la République du Mali
Registration: TZ-389
C/n / msn: 26002
First flight: 1943
Total airframe hrs:17616
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-67R
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 2
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Newton, WI (   United States of America)
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Nature:Aerial Work (Calibration, Photo)
Departure airport:Oshkosh-Wittman Field, WI (OSH/KOSH), United States of America
Destination airport:Manitowoc/Newton Municipal Airport, WI (MTW/KMTW), United States of America
Narrative:
The DC-3 had recently undergone a Turbo Conversion by Basler Turbo Conversions, Inc for its new owner, the government of Mali. Company founder and CEO Warren Basler was flying a Beechcraft A36 Bonanza (registered N3657A, c/n E-188) to take some photographs of the DC-3. On its last pass, the A36 circled behind the DC-3, then crossed over the top and hitting the top of the DC-3 at an altitude of 700 feet . About 5 seconds after impact, the DC-3 gently rolled/turned westbound (apparently descending and gaining airspeed); the left wing then came off, followed by the right wing about 2 seconds later.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Failure of the Beech A36 pilot to maintain clearance from the modified Douglas DC-3, while positioning the A36 for photography of the DC-3."

Classification:
Mid air collision
Loss of control

Sources:
» ICAO Adrep Summary 1/98 (#49)
» Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Online
» NBC/WMTV
» NTSB Id CHI97FA084


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Distance from Oshkosh-Wittman Field, WI to Manitowoc/Newton Municipal Airport, WI as the crow flies is 71 km (45 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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