ASN Aircraft accident de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 N824ED Fort Worth-Meacham Field, TX (FTW)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Thursday 11 January 2001
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300
Operator:Earth Data Aviation
Registration: N824ED
MSN: 824
First flight: 1985
Total airframe hrs:6011
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:near Fort Worth-Meacham Field, TX (FTW) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Alexandria-Esler Field, LA (ESF/KESF), United States of America
Destination airport:Fort Worth-Meacham Field, TX (FTW/KFTW), United States of America
Twin Otter N824ED departed Alexandria at 13:15 for an IFR flight to Meacham. The flight was cleared for the ILS 34R approach and as the airplane was approaching the point of glide slope intercept, the right engine surged and quit, followed by the left engine. The airplane was vectored toward the Sycamore Airstrip; however, the pilot realized that the flight could not make the airport. The pilot performed a forced landing to a field. During the landing roll, the airplane crossed a road, and the right wing struck a tree. Subsequently, the nose landing gear separated when it struck a dirt berm, and the airplane came to a stop upright. The aircraft is possibly damaged beyond repair.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The loss of power to both engines for undetermined reasons during approach. Contributing factors were the pilot's failure to properly position the fuel selector in accordance with the landing checklist and the lack of suitable terrain for the forced landing."

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 259 days (9 months)
Accident number: FTW01LA049
Download report: Summary report

All engine powerloss
Forced landing outside airport


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Distance from Alexandria-Esler Field, LA to Fort Worth-Meacham Field, TX as the crow flies is 500 km (312 miles).

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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