ASN Aircraft accident Douglas DC-6BF N77DG Fairbanks International Airport, AK (FAI)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Sunday 16 February 1975
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-6BF
Operator:Pacific Alaska Airlines
Registration: N77DG
MSN: 43520/222
First flight: 1952
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:2 km (1.3 mls) N of Fairbanks International Airport, AK (FAI) (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Fairbanks International Airport, AK (FAI/PAFA), United States of America
Destination airport:Happy Valley Camp, AK, United States of America
Three engines had lost power shortly after takeoff from runway 10. The aircraft crashed just 2 km short of runway 19 in an attempt to return to the airport.
It appeared that the fuel was contaminated.

Probable Cause:

pilot in command - inadequate preflight preparation and/or planning
personnel - flight engineer: inadequate preflight
personnel - maintenance,servicing,inspection: improperly serviced aircraft (ground crew)
miscellaneous acts,conditions - fuel contamination-exclusive of water in fuel
personnel - operational supervisory personnel: deficiency,company maintained eqpmt,services,regulation
miscellaneous acts,conditions - failure of two or more engines
terrain - high obstructions
partial power loss - partial loss of power - 3 engines
complete power loss - complete engine failure/flameout-1 engine



photo of Douglas-DC-6BF-N77DG
accident date: 16-02-1975
type: Douglas DC-6BF
registration: N77DG
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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