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Accredited representative to the United States National Transportation Safety Board investigation of the collision with terrain involving Fokker DR-1, registered N83WR, at Fulshear, Texas on 3 October 2016

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed
Phase: Final report: Dissemination Read more information on this investigation phase


On 8 October 2016 the ATSB was advised that the United States National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) had commenced an investigation into a collision with terrain involving a Fokker DR-1 aircraft, registered N83WR. Initial investigation by the NTSB indicated that the aircraft experienced a partial engine power loss shortly after take-off.

As Australia is the State of Manufacture of the engine, on 11 October 2016 the ATSB requested to be appointed as an accredited representative to the NTSB investigation in accordance with clause 5.18 of Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation. An ATSB investigator was appointed as accredited representative to the NTSB investigation on 12 October 2016. To facilitate support to the NTSB investigation, the ATSB also initiated an investigation under the Australian Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

The NTSB determined the probable cause of the accident. Details are available on the NTSB website at https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20161006X61204&key=1

Any enquires relating to the investigation should be directed to the NTSB at : www.ntsb.gov

General details
Date: 03 October 2016   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 2130 UTS   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Fulshear, Texas, USA   Investigation phase: Final report: Dissemination  
State: International   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 03 June 2017   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Amateur Built Aircraft  
Aircraft model Fokker DR-1  
Aircraft registration N83WR  
Type of operation Sports Aviation  
Sector Sport and recreational  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Fulshear, Texas  
Last update 15 October 2019