NTSB Identification: MIA96LA135.
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Accident occurred Saturday, April 27, 1996 in RAEFORD, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/04/1996
Aircraft: de Havilland DHC-6, registration: N716NC
Injuries: 1 Fatal,4 Uninjured.

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The flight returned from dropping parachutists, and the pilot left the engines running as the next load of parachutists loaded. A passenger, who had ridden on the previous flight, was instructed by the pilot to exit through the rear door and that ground personnel would direct her. The passenger exited the aircraft and was directed by ground personnel to the rear of the aircraft. The passenger started to the rear and then turned and walked toward the running left engine and propeller. Before ground personnel could stop her, she walked into the path of the left propeller.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

failure of the passenger to follow the instructions of ground personnel as she exited the aircraft.

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