Narrative:Takeoff was accomplished from Homer at 19:50. Just before takeoff the flight advised Homer Tower that it would proceed to Kenai in accordance with visual flight rules. At 19:57 the flight was advised by Kenai radio that there were no passengers or cargo at Kenai, so the crew decided not to land at Kenai. At 20:05, the flight struck the south side of Ptarmigan Head at an elevation of 2,800 feet, nine miles east of the center line of the airway to Kenai.
|Date:||Thursday 20 January 1949|
Douglas C-47A-90-DL (DC-3C)
|C/n / msn:|| 20208|
|First flight:|| 1944|
|Total airframe hrs:||8051|
|Engines:|| 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-65-92|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3|
|Total:||Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 6 |
|Airplane damage:|| Destroyed|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||43 km (26.9 mls) NE of Homer, AK ( United States of America)
|Crash site elevation:|| 853 m (2799 feet) amsl |
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Homer Airport, AK (HOM/PAHO), United States of America|
|Destination airport:||Kenai Airport, AK (ENA/PAEN), United States of America|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the action of the pilot in proceeding off the designated airway at an altitude insufficient to clear the terrain."
» CAB File No. 1-0008
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Distance from Homer Airport, AK to Kenai Airport, AK as the crow flies is 103 km (64 miles).