NTSB Identification: MIA84LA001.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22848.
Accident occurred Saturday, October 01, 1983 in TITUSVILLE, FL
Aircraft: de Havilland DHC2, registration: N31339
Injuries: 9 Uninjured.

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 ACFT COLLIDED WITH A TRUCK WHILE TAKING OFF BUT MANAGED TO STAY AIRBORNE, FLY A MISSION AND RETURN TO A NORMAL LANDING. THE PRIVATE PLT WAS REPORTEDLY CARRYING 8 PASSENGERS FOR A PARACHUTE DROP. HE WOULD NOT ADMIT HE WAS CARRYING PASSENGERS AND NONE OF THE PASSENGERS WOULD GIVE A WRITTEN STATEMENT. ONE OF THE JUMPERS STATED THAT DURING TAKEOFF THE PLT FLEW THE ACFT TO THE LEFT SIDE OF THE RWY WHERE THE GROUND CREW TRUCK WAS PARKED. THE TAIL WHEEL OF THE ACFT HIT THEROOF OF THE TRUCK. ONE OF THE JUMPERS SAID THAT THE PRIVATE PLT WAS PAID TO FLY THEM. THE PILOT'S ASSESSMENT OF THE DAMAGE WAS LOOSENED BRACKETS ON THE TAIL WHEEL ATTACHMENT. NO ONE WAS REPORTED AS INJURED.

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

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..DISREGARDED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROPER ALIGNMENT..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLEARANCE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..VEHICLE

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