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Accident description
Last updated: 9 February 2016
Date:Thursday 20 January 1949
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-90-DL (DC-3C)
Operator:Alaska Airlines
Registration: NC91006
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
Flightnumber: 8
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.

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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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Homer Airport, AK to Kenai Airport, AK as the crow flies is 103 km (64 miles).

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