Sun, Jul 30, 2006
Witnesses Say Twin Otter Lost Engine On Takeoff
Officials report six people were lost Saturday afternoon when a
DeHavilland Twin Otter turboprop (file photo of type, below)
carrying skydivers went down in a residential area shortly after
takeoff from Sullivan Regional Airport, near St. Louis, MO.
An airport worker told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the plane --
which was carrying seven skydivers with Quantum Leap Skydiving
Center, and the pilot -- experienced power loss in one of its
engines just after takeoff.
Authorities said four people were killed in the accident, as the
plane came down in a tree near homes. Two more passengers on the
plane died later at area hospitals... and two persons are still
listed in critical and serious conditions.
No injuries were reported on the ground.
"We didn’t know where it was coming from," witness Charles
Clonts said, describing the sound of the approaching plane before
its engines came to a stop. "In seconds, it just crashed."
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