2001 Decatur DHC-3 Single Otter Non-Fatal Non-Fatal Single-Engine Preflight TX

DHC-3 Non-Fatal Decatur, TX March 31, 2001

The pilot and 21 jumpers were aboard the airplane for the local skydiving flight. The airplane took off to the north on the wet grass runway. Jumpers reported that during the initial takeoff climb, the aircraft assumed a “very steep angle of attack,” and described the pilot “winding the wheel on the lower right side of the chair clockwise, frantically,” and “busy with a wheel between the seats.”

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