Accident description
Last updated: 24 November 2014
Status:Final
Date:Monday 12 September 1977
Time:00:12
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC7 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-7BF
Operator:Safe Air Cargo
Registration: N6314J
C/n / msn: 45359/868
First flight: 1957
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:4 km (2.5 mls) NW of Yakutat Airport, AK (YAK) (   United States of America) show on map
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Yakutat Airport, AK (YAK/PAYA), United States of America
Destination airport:Anchorage International Airport, AK (ANC/PANC), United States of America
Narrative:
The aircraft barely climbed after lifting off from runway 29 and was seen to pass at 30-40 feet above tree tops before it crashed in a logged area 2,55 miles from the runway end. The aircraft was 1745lb overweight and had lost power on one engine. Because the autofeather system was not connected, the prop did not feather.

PROBABLE CAUSE:
pilot in command - attempted operation w/known deficiencies in equipment
personnel - maintenance,servicing,inspection: inadequate maintenance and inspection
powerplant - exhaust system: stacks
powerplant - engine structure: valve assemblies
miscellaneous acts,conditions - fire in engine
FACTORS:
miscellaneous acts,conditions - improperly loaded aircraft-weight-and/or c.g.
miscellaneous acts,conditions - improper emergency procedures
miscellaneous acts,conditions - pilot fatigue
partial power loss - partial loss of power - 1 engine

Sources:
» NTSB


Follow-up / safety actions

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Distance from Yakutat Airport, AK to Anchorage International Airport, AK as the crow flies is 593 km (371 miles).

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