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Last updated: 7 December 2021
Date:Wednesday 11 November 2015
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
Operator:SarTec Corp.
Registration: N617ST
MSN: 208B1044
First flight: 2004
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 9
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 10
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Grand Forks Airport, ND (GFK) (   United States of America)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Departure airport:Minneapolis-Flying Cloud Airport, MN (FCM/KFCM), United States of America
Destination airport:Grand Forks Airport, ND (GFK/KGFK), United States of America
The Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, N617ST, tipped back and the tail struck the pavement while parked at the ramp at Grand Forks International Airport (KGFK), North Dakota. The pilot and nine passengers on board were not injured. The airplane was substantially damaged.
Preliminary information indicates the airplane had landed and had taxied to the ramp. The pilot got out of the airplane was trying to position the tail stand. The airplane tipped back and struck the pavement with its tail, damaging two rear bulkheads and three stringers.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's failure to properly calculate the airplane's weight and balance and center of gravity, which resulted in the tail striking the ground."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 1 months
Accident number: CEN16LA089
Download report: Final report

Damaged on the ground



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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 Minneapolis-Flying Cloud Airport, MN to Grand Forks Airport, ND as the crow flies is 446 km (279 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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