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Accident description
Last updated: 14 December 2017
Status:Final
Date:Saturday 31 December 1977
Time:09:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic SC7 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Shorts SC.7 Skyvan 3-200
Operator:Gifford Aviation
Registration: N64AC
C/n / msn: SH.1849
First flight: 1968
Engines: 2 Garrett TPE331-2-201A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Toksook Bay, AK (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Bethel Airport, AK (BET/PABE), United States of America
Destination airport:Toksook Bay Airport, AK (OOK/PAOO), United States of America
Narrative:
The Skyvan struck the ground during a go-around in whiteout conditions.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
pilot in command - continued VFR flight into adverse weather conditions
pilot in command - misjudged altitude
pilot in command - delayed in initiating go-around
miscellaneous acts,conditions - whiteout
FACTORS:
weather - low ceiling
weather - fog
weather briefing - briefed by flight service personnel, by phone
weather forecast - unknown/not reported

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Bethel Airport, AK to Toksook Bay Airport, AK as the crow flies is 178 km (111 miles).

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