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DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 200
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Series 200


• Registration • Activity and details of Owner/Operator and other historical information

• N7267 de Havilland Canada Inc., Downsview, ON. Rolled out 07-Dec-1968. First flight 07-Jan-1969.

• N7267 Fairways Corporation, Washington, DC. Delivered 19-Feb-1969.

• N7267 Leased to Intermountain Aviation, Marana, AZ, 19-Feb-1969.

Airworthiness date: 19-Mar-1969.

• N7267 Returned to Fairways Corporation, Washington, DC. Regd Jan-1975. Canx 23-Jul-2013.

Accident: Washington-Dulles Airport 20-Jul 1988. The pilot inadvertently misused the flaps, by failing to set the flaps to the proper setting. The flaps were set full down. This caused the aircraft to pitch up steeply after liftoff. Additionally, the flight control lock was probably installed during some portion, if not the entire flight, which prevented flight control operation. The pilot subsequently failed to maintain adequate flying speed and the aircraft stalled. Contributing factors are the pilot's inattention and his failure to adequately use the checklist.

This was the first flight after a maintenance inspection. The flaps were left full down after a post-inspection by company mechanics, before the flight. Witnesses stated the flaps were down when the aircraft taxied to takeoff on rwy 19l. Witnesses stated the aircraft climbed steeply after it lifted off with a pitch attitude up to 60 degrees. According to witnesses, the aircraft climbed to 200 to 500 ft agl, before it stalled and descended nose down in a left turn. The aircraft crashed about 300 ft left of and 2,000 ft down the rwy. Examination of the aircraft revealed the flaps were full down. The scroll type checklist was positioned at the beginning of the takeoff check. The flight manual recommends a 10 degree flap setting for takeoff and prohibits flap full down takeoff. Review of previous dhc-6 accidents involving flap full down resulted in a steep takeoff climb and excessive pitch attitude followed by a stall. The position of the control lock suggests it may have been in the locked position during the takeoff.

Note Total hours 10,513 at Jul-1988

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• Revised Format and updated data added 18-Aug-2020 •

N7267 shown here at Toronto - CYYZ.
Photo: Sheldon D. Benner © February 1969 - Michael J. Ody Collection
N7267 at Washington National Airport - DCA.
Photo: Unknown photographer © September 1977 - Michael J. Ody Collection
N7267 at Washington - DCA, in slightly revised livery.
Photo: P. Brissett © May 1985 - Michael J. Ody Collection