Tuesday, April 12, 2016

de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 100, Skydive San Marcos, N122PM: Accident occurred April 09, 2016 at Fentress Airpark (XS90), Caldwell County, Texas

DILKARA LEASING LLC:   http://registry.faa.gov/N122PM

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA San Antonio FSDO-17

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA184
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, April 09, 2016 in Fentress, TX
Aircraft: DEHAVILLAND DHC 6 TWIN OTTER, registration: N122PM
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that he was landing in gusty crosswind conditions following a parachute jump flight, and that the gusty conditions had persisted for the previous 10 skydiving flights that day. The pilot further reported that during the landing roll, when the nose wheel touched down, the airplane became "unstable" and veered to the left. He reported that he applied right rudder and added power to abort the landing, but the airplane departed the runway to the left and the left wing impacted a tree. The airplane spun 180 degrees to the left and came to rest after the impact with the tree.

The left wing was substantially damaged. 

The pilot did not report any mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

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