NTSB Identification: LAX88LA226.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38788.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Friday, June 17, 1988 in TAU, American Samoa
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/24/1990
Aircraft: de Havilland DHC-6-100, registration: N202RH
Injuries: 1 Serious,15 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE CAPTAIN, WHO WAS FLYING THE TWIN OTTER FROM THE RIGHT SEAT, ENTERED A RIGHT HAND TRAFFIC PATTERN FOR LANDING. A LEFT QUARTERING, 15 KNOT HEADWIND, WAS GUSTING ACROSS THE AIRPORT. UPON TURNING TO THE FINAL APPROACH THE CAPTAIN REDUCED THE AIRCRAFT'S ENGINE POWER TO THE LOW SPEED RANGE FOR THE VISUAL APPROACH. AS THE AIRCRAFT NEARED THE RUNWAY THE RATE OF DESCENT ACCELERATED. THE CAPTAIN'S APPLICATION OF FULL ENGINE POWER FAILED TO ARREST THE AIRCRAFT'S RATE OF DESCENT AND THE AIRCRAFT IMPACTED THE GROUND SHORT OF THE RUNWAY.

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

PLANNED APPROACH..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

POWERPLANT CONTROLS..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TURBULENCE


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..GUSTS

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