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Crash of a Cessna 208 Caravan in Washington: 10 killed

Date & Time: Oct 7, 2007 at 1959 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N430A
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Star-Shelton
MSN:
208-0415
YOM:
1995
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
9
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
10
Captain / Total flying hours:
2054
Captain / Total hours on type:
296.00
Aircraft flight hours:
9604
Circumstances:
The single engine aircraft was flying from Star (Idaho) to Shelton (Washington) with one pilot and 9 skydivers on board, returning to their base after a meeting at Boise. While overflying Yakima region, the aircraft crashed in a wooded area located southwest of Rimrock Lake. All 10 occupants were killed.

Crash of a Cessna 525 CJ1 in Washington

Date & Time: Jul 22, 2003 at 1015 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N996JR
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Victoria-Boise
MSN:
525-0147
YOM:
1996
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
8500
Captain / Total hours on type:
2689.00
Aircraft flight hours:
590
Circumstances:

While flying at 16,000 fet, the pilot informed ATC about technical problem and tried to divert to the closest airport. Eventually, he took the decision to ditch the aircraft in ocean. Both occupants escaped without serious injuries. The aircraft sunk.

Crash of a Cessna 208 Caravan in Washington: 1 killed

Date & Time: Oct 9, 2000 at 0951 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N941FE
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Bellingham-Eastbound
MSN:
208-0192
YOM:
1989
Flight number:
FDX665
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
8705
Captain / Total hours on type:
4500.00
Aircraft flight hours:
3526

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver in Washington: 4 killed

Date & Time: Nov 27, 1999 at 1455 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N666XT
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
0826
YOM:
1955
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Captain / Total flying hours:
2800
Aircraft flight hours:
15540

Crash of a Piper PA-31 Navajo Chieftain in Washington

Date & Time: Nov 29, 1990 at 1110 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N13UW
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Provo-Everett
MSN:
31-512
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
638
Captain / Total hours on type:
559.00

Crash of a Cessna 421C Golden Eagle III in Centerton

Date & Time: Aug 16, 1983 at 0725 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N386G
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Indianapolis - Washington
MSN:
421C-0251
YOM:
1977
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
7
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
4138
Captain / Total hours on type:
97.00
Aircraft flight hours:
1484
Circumstances:
The pilot reported that during a climb after takeoff, he engaged the autopilot. While making an entry on a trip sheet, he felt a bump and noted that the aircraft had started to descend. He disengaged the autopilot and the nose pitched down violently. Reducing power had an adverse effect, so he increased power again. He finally leveled the aircraft just prior to impacting in a field at cruise power. The elevator trim tab cables were found to have been crossed between the tab actuator and the pulley in the tail cone. The tab was also found fully trimmed nose down. The aircraft had just been given an annual inspection during which the elevator trim actuator had been removed, inspected and lubricated. This was the first flight since the inspection. All eight occupants escaped with minor injuries.
Probable cause:
Occurrence #1: loss of control - in flight
Phase of operation: climb - to cruise
Findings
1. (c) flt control system, elevator trim/tab control - incorrect
2. (c) maintenance, installation - improper - company maintenance personnel
3. (f) aircraft handling - uncontrolled - pilot in command
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Occurrence #2: in flight collision with terrain/water
Phase of operation: other
Final Report: