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Last updated: 28 October 2021
Datum:Donnerstag 11 Januar 2001
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300
Fluggesellschaft:Earth Data Aviation
Kennzeichen: N824ED
Werknummer: 824
Baujahr: 1985
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 1
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 2
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 3
Sachschaden: schwer beschädigt
Konsequenzen: Repaired
Unfallort:nahe Fort Worth-Meacham Field, TX (FTW) (   USA)
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Flug von:Alexandria-Esler Field, LA (ESF/KESF), USA
Flug nach:Fort Worth-Meacham Field, TX (FTW/KFTW), USA
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


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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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