DILKARA LEASING LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N122PM
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA San Antonio FSDO-17
NTSB Identification: GAA16CA184
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, April 09, 2016 in Fentress, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/01/2016
Aircraft: DEHAVILLAND DHC 6 TWIN OTTER, registration: N122PM
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.
The pilot reported that he was landing in gusty crosswind conditions following a parachute jump flight, and that the gusty conditions had persisted for the previous 10 skydiving flights that day. The pilot further reported that during the landing roll, when the nose wheel touched down, the airplane became "unstable" and veered to the left. He reported that he applied right rudder and added power to abort the landing, but the airplane departed the runway to the left and the left wing impacted a tree. The airplane spun 180 degrees to the left and came to rest after the impact with the tree.
The left wing was substantially damaged.
The pilot did not report any mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during the aborted landing in gusty crosswind conditions, which resulted in a runway excursion and a collision with a tree.