ASN Aircraft accident Convair C-131E (CV-440) N121CA Dillingham Municipal Airport, AK (DLG)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Thursday 4 June 1981
Type:Silhouette image of generic CVLP model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Convair C-131E (CV-440)
Operator:Command Aviation
Registration: N121CA
MSN: 342
First flight: 1956
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Dillingham Municipal Airport, AK (DLG) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Dillingham Municipal Airport, AK (DLG/PADL), United States of America
Destination airport:Anchorage International Airport, AK (ANC/PANC), United States of America
The crew had to return to the airport due to a no. 2 engine failure. The prop was feathered and a circuit was flown with flaps and gear down.
The aircraft overshot the turn to final approach, porpoised three times and struck trees, 0,5 miles short of runway 01.

Probable Cause:

powerplant - exhaust system: stacks
miscellaneous acts,conditions - material failure
miscellaneous acts,conditions - leak/leakage
powerplant - powerplant-instruments: power indicators
powerplant - propeller and accessories: governors
miscellaneous acts,conditions - overheated
miscellaneous acts,conditions - erratic
pilot in command - failed to follow approved procedures,directives,etc.
miscellaneous acts,conditions - improper emergency procedures
partial power loss - partial loss of power - 1 engine



photo of Convair-C-131E-N121CA
accident date: 04-06-1981
type: Convair C-131E (CV-440)
registration: N121CA

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 Dillingham Municipal Airport, AK to Anchorage International Airport, AK as the crow flies is 523 km (327 miles).

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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