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Crash of a De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 at Perris Valley

Date & Time: May 24, 2017 at 1515 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N708PV
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Perris Valley - Perris Valley
MSN:
489
YOM:
1976
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
3358
Captain / Total hours on type:
2131.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
1893
Copilot / Total hours on type:
12
Aircraft flight hours:
37885
Circumstances:
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 feet 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.
Probable cause:
The prospective pilot's improper landing flare and the pilot's delayed remedial action to initiate a go-around, which resulted in a runway excursion.
Final Report:

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter in Perris Valley: 16 killed

Date & Time: Apr 22, 1992 at 1109 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N141PV
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Perris Valley - Perris Valley
MSN:
141
YOM:
1968
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
20
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
16
Captain / Total flying hours:
4300
Captain / Total hours on type:
100.00
Aircraft flight hours:
29391
Circumstances:
Crashed shortly after takeoff. Both pilots and 14 skydivers killed.
Probable cause:
Fuel contamination.

Crash of a Douglas DC-3 in Perris

Date & Time: May 4, 1985 at 1920 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N157U
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Perris Valley-Perris Valley
MSN:
04132
YOM:
1941
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
31
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
2200
Captain / Total hours on type:
800.00
Aircraft flight hours:
42950