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Accident description
Last updated: 17 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Monday 31 July 2000
Time:00:34
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:Win Win Aviation
Registration: N201RH
C/n / msn: 163
First flight: 1968
Total airframe hrs:28711
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:3 km (1.9 mls) SSW of Raleigh/Durham Airport, NC (RDU) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Hinckley Airport, IL, United States of America
Destination airport:Louisburg-Franklin County Airport, NC (LFN/KLHZ), United States of America
Narrative:
The Twin Otter was on a positioning flight to a maintenance facility at Louisburg to have maintenance performed on the engines. Poor visibility due to ground fog forced the pilot to abandon his attempt to land. The pilot elected to divert to Raleigh-Durham. The flight was heading in a southwesterly direction, at 1,000 feet msl, about 1.5 miles from Raleigh-Durham, then turned left to heading of south, away from the airport. The last radar return showed the flight at an altitude of 500 feet msl, in a right turn heading 206 degrees. The aircraft crashed into dense woods within the Umstead State Park, short of Raleigh-Durham runway 32. Reported RDU weather at 00:30 was wind 140deg/6 knots, 500 feet broken ceiling.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's continued VFR flight into IMC conditions, by failing to maintain altitude, and descending from VFR conditions into IMC, which resulted in him subsequently impacting with trees. Factors in this accident were: reduced visibility due to dark night and fog. An additional factor was the pilot was not certified for instrument flight."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 10 months
Accident number: MIA00FA229
Download report: Summary report

Classification:
VFR flight in IMC
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

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 Hinckley Airport, IL to Louisburg-Franklin County Airport, NC as the crow flies is 1093 km (683 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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