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Last updated: 18 September 2021
Fecha:jueves 24 enero 2002
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster
Operador:Telford Aviation
Registración: N8RQ
Numéro de série: 208B0363
Año de Construcción: 1993
Horas Totales de la Célula:3151
Motores: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 1
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 0
Total:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 1
Daños en la Aeronave: Considerable
Consecuencias: Repaired
Ubicación:Waterville-Robert Lafleur Airport, ME (WVL) (   Estados Unidos de América)
Fase: Despegue (TOF)
Aeropuerto de Salida:Waterville-Robert Lafleur Airport, ME (WVL/KWVL), Estados Unidos de América
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Manchester Municipal Airport, NH (MHT/KMHT), Estados Unidos de América
Snow fell as the pilot attempted a takeoff from the snow-covered runway 23 at Waterville (WVL) for a cargo flight to Manchester (MHT) on behalf of UPS. The reported wind was 130 degrees from the right at 16, gusting to 24 knots. The pilot selected the runway, in part, because of a 1.2 percent downslope. The pilot rotated the nose of the airplane at 80 knots, and the airplane "pulled" to the left. The pilot lowered the nose and reduced power, but the airplane continued to "slide" to the left, off the runway, and into 6 to 8 inches (15-20 cm) of snow. It then nosed over, and came to rest inverted.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's improper decision to attempt a takeoff from a snow-covered runway with a quartering tailwind."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 7 months
Accident number: IAD02LA027
Download report: Summary report



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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 Waterville-Robert Lafleur Airport, ME to Manchester Municipal Airport, NH as the crow flies is 226 km (141 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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