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Last updated: 17 September 2021
Datum:woensdag 27 september 1989
Tijd:09:53 MST
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Vista Liner 300
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Grand Canyon Airlines
Registratie: N75GC
Constructienummer: 439
Bouwjaar: 1974
Aantal vlieguren:11180
Motoren: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 2 / inzittenden: 2
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 8 / inzittenden: 19
Totaal:slachtoffers: 10 / inzittenden: 21
Schade: Vernield
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:Grand Canyon-National Park Airport, AZ (GCN) (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Landing (LDG)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse charter
Vliegveld van vertrek:Grand Canyon-National Park Airport, AZ (GCN/KGCN), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Grand Canyon-National Park Airport, AZ (GCN/KGCN), Verenigde Staten
Vluchtnummer: 5
The aircraft took off from Grand Canyon at around 09:00 for the second tour flight that day. After the tour, Canyon flight 5 was cleared for a runway 21 approach. The plane travelled down the runway about 5 feet in the air for about 1000 feet before it bounced on landing. The aircraft travelled 1000 feet and touched down on the right wingtip, crushing the aileron/flap hinge up into the wing. Full power was applied for a go-around. Control was lost as the aircraft attained an extreme nose-up attitude and the aircraft crashed into trees.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Improper pilot techniques and crew coordination during the landing attempt, bounce, and attempted go-around."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 3 months
Accident number: NTSB/AAR-91-01
Download report: Final report

» NTSB/AAR-91/01
» Volkskrant 28.09.89


NTSB issued 11 Safety Recommendations

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photo of DHC-6-Vista-Liner-300-N75GC
accident date: 27-09-1989
type: de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Vista Liner 300
registration: N75GC


This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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