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2019 Cedartown Collisions Other DHC-6 Twin Otter GA Non-Fatal Multi-Engine

DHC-6 Twin Otter Non-Fatal Cedartown, GA October 11, 2019

The pilot in the landing airplane reported that, he had turned on the airport runway pilot-controlled lighting about 5 miles prior to arriving at the airport, and transmitted 2-mile final radio call, over the airport’s CTAF. He landed the airplane and made “S” turns on runway 28 because, “it is not possible to see the opposite threshold” when established on the runway. When the pilot began a right turn to exit the runway at the mid-field taxiway, an airplane that had initiated a takeoff roll from the opposite end of the runway collided with the landing airplane. The airport’s runway does not have a parallel taxiway and it is standard practice to back taxi to the departure end.

 

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2017 CA Collisions Other DHC-6 Twin Otter Loss of Aircraft Control Non-Fatal Multi-Engine Perris

DHC-6 Twin Otter Non-Fatal Perris, CA May 24, 2017

The pilot of the twin-engine, turbine-powered airplane reported that, while providing flights for
skydivers throughout the day, he had a potential new hire pilot flying with him in the right seat. He
added that, on the eighth flight of the day, the new pilot was flying during the approach and
“approximately 200′ [ft.] south from the threshold of [runway] 15 at approximately 15 feet AGL [above
ground level] the bottom violently and unexpectedly dropped out. [He] believe[d] some kind of wind
shear caused the aircraft [to] slam onto [the] runway and bounce into the air at a 45 to 60-degree bank
angle to the right.” The prospective pilot then said, “you got it.” The pilot took control of the airplane
and initiated a go-around by increasing power, which aggravated the “off runway heading.” The right
wing contacted the ground, the airplane exited the runway to the right and impacted a fuel truck, and the
right wing separated from the airplane. The impact caused the pilot to unintentionally add max power,
and the airplane, with only the left engine functioning, ground looped to the right, coming to rest nose
down.

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2016 Beech King Air 90 Byron CA Loss of Aircraft Control Non-Fatal Multi-Engine

Beech King Air 90 Non-Fatal Byron, CA July 23, 2016

The commercial pilot reported that, while setting up for a skydiving jump run, the airspeed was a little
slow, and the airplane abruptly stalled, rolled left, and began rotating downward. A jumper, seated in the
copilot’s seat, stated that the pilot did not retard the throttles during the recovery attempt and that the
airplane’s airspeed increased rapidly. The jumper also reported that he heard a “loud bang” during the
recovery sequence. The pilot briefly recovered the airplane to a wings-level attitude, but it then
subsequently stalled and entered another spin. During the second spin event, all the jumpers successfully
egressed. After about nine rotations, the pilot recovered the airplane to a wings- and pitch-level attitude,
and shortly thereafter, it broke off to the left and stalled and rotated downward again. The pilot
recovered the airplane again and flew back to the airport because the airplane was handling abnormally,
and he landed it without further incident.

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2016 Beech King Air 90 CO Longmont Non-Fatal Multi-Engine Tail Strike

Beech King Air 90 Non-Fatal Longmont, CO June 26, 2016

The commercial pilot was conducting a skydiving flight with 15 skydivers on board. The pilot reported
that, at 5,000 ft above ground level, he reconfigured the airplane for a climb and activated the interior
amber jump lights, which indicated that the door could be opened to spot the jump zone. Two jumpers
safely exited the airplane at that time. The pilot then initiated another climb. The pilot did not recall any
jump indication lights being illuminated in the cabin during the climb, and none of the remaining
jumpers notified him of any illuminated jump lights. However, three of the jumpers later reported that
the amber jump light remained illuminated at that time. One of the jumpers informed a senior jumper
from the operator that the light was on, but he indicated that it was not a problem, and the jumpers all
affirmed that no one informed the pilot that the amber light remained on.

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2015 Collisions Other DHC-6 Twin Otter Ferry FL Non-Fatal Non-Fatal Multi-Engine Preflight Sebastian

DHC-6 Non-Fatal Sebastian, FL February 9, 2015

A de Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter airplane, N30EA, collided with another Twin Otter airplane, N70EA,
on the runway. The pilot of N30EA reported that, once she started the engines, the airplane rolled
forward and to the left 180 degrees because the steering-tiller had been positioned sharply to the left
when the airplane was last parked. The pilot stated that, when she applied the brakes, there was no
response, and the airplane subsequently collided with the right wing of N70EA. The pilot of N30EA
reported that, after the collision, she noted that the hydraulic circuit breaker was open; this would have
resulted in insufficient hydraulic pressure to control the parking or pedal brakes. The pilot of N30EA
said that she should have noticed that the hydraulic circuit breaker was open before she started the
engines because it was part of the Before Starting Engines checklist.

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2014 Collisions Other DHC-6 Twin Otter Non-Fatal Non-Fatal Multi-Engine

DHC-6 Non-Fatal Pepperell, MA August 23, 2014

While climbing through 2,500 feet after takeoff, the pilot observed a red-tailed hawk approaching the
airplane from below. The hawk impacted the left wing, and the pilot elected to perform a precautionary
landing. The airplane subsequently landed without incident. Postaccident examination by a Federal
Aviation Administration inspector revealed substantial damage to the left wing.

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2012 Beech King Air 90 Ferry Non-Fatal Non-Fatal Multi-Engine Sturtevant WI

B-90 King Air Non-Fatal Sturtevant, WI October 22, 2012

The pilot reported that the airplane floated during the landing flare, touched down long, bounced, and went off the end of the runway. The airplane struck two ditches before coming to rest on a road.

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2011 Beech King Air 90 Hillsboro Loss of Aircraft Control Non-Fatal Non-Fatal Multi-Engine TX

King Air B90 Non-Fatal Hillsboro, TX September 17, 2011

While landing, the airplane touched down short of the runway, the left main landing gear impacted the edge of the runway and collapsed, and the airplane departed the edge of the runway into a culvert. The airplane’s left wing sustained substantial damage.

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2011 C-402 Caldwell Fuel Starvation ID Non-Fatal Non-Fatal Multi-Engine

C-402 Non-Fatal Caldwell, ID June 20, 2011

The pilot of the skydiving airplane was performing the first takeoff of the day, and he had just raised the landing gear when the airplane experienced a complete loss of power in one of its two engines. There was still runway remaining, and the pilot made the decision to abort the takeoff.

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2011 Beech 99 Cedartown GA Mechanical Failure Non-Fatal Non-Fatal Multi-Engine

Beech 99 Non-Fatal Cedartown, GA April 10, 2011

The pilot received an unsafe landing gear indication for the left main landing gear when he configured the airplane for landing. He cycled the gear and then attempted a manual extension, both without success. The pilot then completed the landing on the nose and right main landing gear. A post accident examination of the left main landing gear actuator revealed that the supports for the actuator bearings lacked lubrication and that the bearings displayed wear due to inadequate lubrication.

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2010 Beech King Air 90 Dekalb IL Improper/Poor Maintenance Maintenance Flight Mechanical Failure Non-Fatal Non-Fatal Multi-Engine

King Air 90 Non-Fatal DeKalb, IL March 2, 2010

The Beech King Air had undergone maintenance that included a landing gear disassembly and inspection in preparation for the airplane’s sale. Following the landing gear inspection, the left main landing gear strut was overfilled to an extension that exceeded maintenance specifications due to the strut not being able to maintain the manufacturer’s specified pressure/extension.

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2009 Collisions Other DHC-6 Twin Otter Non-Fatal Non-Fatal Multi-Engine Orange VA

DHC-6 Non-Fatal Orange, VA June 13, 2009

The pilot stated that after the 20 skydivers left the airplane, he “descended and entered at a 45-degree angle for the downwind leg for landing on runway 08.” Once on the downwind leg of the traffic pattern, the pilot stated that the “windshield began fogging up.” The pilot decided to make a 360-degree turn to the right while he wiped the window with a rag.

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2008 Beech King Air 90 Non-Fatal Non-Fatal Multi-Engine

Beach 90 King Air Non-Fatal Pitts Meadow, Canada August 3, 2008

Beach 90 King Air Non-Fatal Pitts Meadow, Canada August 3, 2008

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2008 Baldwin DHC-6 Twin Otter Mechanical Failure Non-Fatal Non-Fatal Multi-Engine WI

DHC-6 Non-Fatal Baldwin, WI June 29, 2008

The pilot reported that there were no observed anomalies with the left wing prior to the flight. During the flight, which was conducted as a local parachute operation, the pilot performed a descending turn. The left wing’s aileron bound when the pilot attempted to level the bank. The pilot declared an emergency.

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2008 Beech King Air 90 FL Maintenance Flight Non-Fatal Non-Fatal Multi-Engine Titusville

King Air 90 Non-Fatal Titusville, FL May 6, 2008

The pilot was landing the twin-engine, turboprop airplane on a 3,000-foot-long, 70-foot-wide, asphalt runway, when he encountered a high sink rate. He applied engine power; however, the engines did not respond quickly enough to prevent a hard landing. During the hard landing, the main landing gear separated and the left landing gear struck the vertical stabilizer. The pilot subsequently performed a go-around and landed on a grass runway, without further incident. The pilot stated that he did not experience any mechanical malfunctions. He reported 5000 hours of total flight experience, which included 500 hours in the same make and model as the accident airplane.

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2007 Beech King Air 90 Loss of Aircraft Control Non-Fatal Non-Fatal Multi-Engine NY Walkill

B-90 King Air Non-Fatal Wallkill, NY July 27, 2007

Following an uneventful flight, the pilot overflew the destination airport and observed no apparent wind speed or direction on the windsock. The airplane approached the runway fast, and landed “very hard,” separating the right main landing gear from the airplane in the process.

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2007 Beech King Air 90 Louisburg NC Non-Fatal Non-Fatal Multi-Engine Tail Strike

B-90 Non-Fatal Louisburg, NC July 8, 2007

The pilot began descending when he thought all jumpers had departed the airplane, but 1 jumper remained. The remaining jumper realized the airplane was descending but was too late to stop his exit. After exiting the airplane he contacted the horizontal stabilizer and broke the femur of his left leg.

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2006 Beech 99 CA Lodi Non-Fatal Non-Fatal Multi-Engine Tail Strike

Beech 99 Non-Fatal Lodi, CA August 22, 2006

A skydiver jumped up and out of the airplane instead of dropping out of the exit and keeping a low trajectory. He then impacted the horizontal stabilizer and fell away from the leading edge. The skydiver’s automatic deployment system activated and opened the parachute.

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2005 DHC-6 Twin Otter Loss of Aircraft Control Non-Fatal Non-Fatal Multi-Engine OH Rittman Training

DHC-6 Non-Fatal Rittman, OH June 4, 2005

Rittman, OHThe purpose of the flight was for the second pilot to perform an evaluation of the first pilot, who was recently designated by the operator as a backup pilot. Following several successful flights with and without passengers, the pilots discussed single engine operations, and the first pilot reduced the right engine’s power to flight idle and feathered the propeller.

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2004 Beech 18 Mechanical Failure Non-Fatal Non-Fatal Multi-Engine TN Tullahoma

Beech D18 Non-Fatal Tullahoma, TN September 6, 2004

During takeoff roll, the airplane’s right landing gear tire blew. The left wing raised up and the airplane drifted right. The pilot shut down the power. The pilot then stated that the right wheel caught the raised grass area on the edge of the runway. The airplane’s tail swung to the right and the right landing gear collapsed.

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2003 Beech King Air 90 Fentress Mechanical Failure Non-Fatal Non-Fatal Multi-Engine TX

Beech 65-A90 King Air Non-Fatal Fentress, TX October 17, 2003

The airplane lost engine power during descent. The 1,127-hour pilot elected to perform emergency engine out procedures and prepared for an emergency landing. After impact, the pilot observed the right engine nacelle engulfed in flames, which then spread to the fuselage. Review of the engine logbook revealed the engine was being operated in excess of 1,000 hours of the manufacturer’s recommended time between overhauls of 3,600 hours.

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2001 DHC-6 Twin Otter IL Non-Fatal Non-Fatal Multi-Engine Ottawa Prop Strike

DHC-6 Non-Fatal Ottawa, IL June 15, 2001

After landing at night and stopping on the ramp, a passenger was seriously injured after walking into the propeller blade after exiting the aircraft.

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2000 Beech King Air 90 Collisions Other FL Lake Wales Non-Fatal Non-Fatal Multi-Engine

Beech 65-A90 Non-Fatal Lake Wales, FL July 2, 2000

After takeoff the pilot raised the landing gear and then had to take evasive action to the right to avoid a flock of birds. As he performed the evasive maneuver, he raised the flaps. The aircraft was slow, and he kept the nose down to build up speed for the climb. Just as he was to commence the climb, he caught a glimpse of a wire ahead. He pulled up rapidly, but contacted the wire with the right wing.

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1999 Beech King Air 90 Fuel Exhaustion Non-Fatal Non-Fatal Multi-Engine

B-90 King Air Non-Fatal St. George, SC Nov. 27, 1999

The pilot stated that he was at 12,500 feet, preparing for a four-mile parachute jump run, when he had initial indications of a power/fuel problem. He said he told the skydivers to exit, then initiated a descending spiral to land, during which time the fuel flow became erratic. He said both engines ceased operating at 3,000 feet, and he did not account for the northwest wind, and crashed short of the runway.

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1997 DHC-6 Twin Otter Fuel Exhaustion Non-Fatal Non-Fatal Multi-Engine

DHC-6 Non-Fatal Sussex, NJ July 23, 1997

The pilot departed on a 15-minute positioning flight. About 4 miles from the destination, both engines lost power, and the pilot landed in an open field, where the airplane struck trees. The pilot reported he departed with about 800 pounds of fuel on board, and thought the gauges indicated about 300 pounds remaining when the power loss occurred.

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