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Last updated: 19 September 2018
Date:Wednesday 11 December 1974
Type:Silhouette image of generic L188 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-188AF Electra
Operator:Fairbanks Air Service
Registration: N400FA
C/n / msn: 1064
First flight: 1959
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Prudhoe Bay/Deadhorse Airport, AK (SCC) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Fairbanks International Airport, AK (FAI/PAFA), United States of America
Destination airport:Prudhoe Bay/Deadhorse Airport, AK (SCC/PASC), United States of America
The aircraft landed on a remote oil company strip and veered to the left, went off the runway and struck a road. The no. 2 engine mount broke and the aircraft caught fire. The aircraft was carrying a load of 17000l Arctic diesel fuel.

Probable Cause:

pilot in command - failed to maintain directional control
pilot in command - improper operation of powerplant & powerplant controls
pilot in command - lack of familiarity with aircraft
miscellaneous acts,conditions - thrust reversal-asymetrical
miscellaneous acts,conditions - overload failure
airports/airways/facilities - airport conditions: ice/slush on runway

Runway excursion

» NTSB File 3-4203


photo of Lockheed L-188AF Electra N5003K
N5003K, owned by International Air Leases, was leased to Fairbanks Air Service (as N400FA) in November 1974; just one month prior to the accident
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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 Fairbanks International Airport, AK to Prudhoe Bay/Deadhorse Airport, AK as the crow flies is 594 km (371 miles).

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