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Accident description
Last updated: 26 April 2017
Date:Saturday 8 September 1973
Time:05:42 ADT
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC86 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-8-63CF
Operator:World Airways
Registration: N802WA
C/n / msn: 46146/536
First flight: 1971
Total airframe hrs:10077
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Cold Bay, AK (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Fairfield-Travis AFB, CA (SUU/KSUU), United States of America
Destination airport:Cold Bay Airport, AK (CDB/PACD), United States of America
Flightnumber: 802
The DC-8, operating on cargo flight for the Military Airlift Command from Travis AFB to Clark AFB via Cold Bay and Yokota AFB. The aircraft crashed into Mount Dutton at an altitude of 3500 feet.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The captain's deviation from approved instrument approach procedures. As a result of the deviation the flight descended into an area of unreliable navigation signals and obstructing terrain."


Official accident investigation report
investigating agency: National Transport Safety Bureau (NTSB) - United States of America
report status: Final
report number: NTSB/AAR-74-06
report released:8 May 1974
duration of investigation: 242 days (8 months)
download report: World Airways, Inc., DC-8-63F, N802WA, King Cove, Alaska, September 8, 1973. (NTSB/AAR-74-06)

Follow-up / safety actions

NTSB issued 1 Safety Recommendation

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Distance from Fairfield-Travis AFB, CA to Cold Bay Airport, AK as the crow flies is 3538 km (2211 miles).

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