Accident description
Last updated: 20 December 2014
Status:Final
Date:Monday 23 November 1987
Time:18:25
Type:Silhouette image of generic B190 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 1900C
Operator:Ryan Air Service
Registration: N401RA
C/n / msn: UB-58
First flight: 1986
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-65B
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 19
Total:Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 21
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Homer Airport, AK (HOM) (   United States of America) show on map
Crash site elevation: 26 m (85 feet) amsl
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Kodiak Airport, AK (ADQ/PADQ), United States of America
Destination airport:Homer Airport, AK (HOM/PAHO), United States of America
Flightnumber: 103
Narrative:
Flight 103 was fully loaded (all 19 seats occupied; 1437 pounds of cargo) when it took off from Kodiak runway 07. The aircraft lifted off the runway, fell back and accelerated for about another 15 knots before it became airborne. The aircraft was approaching Homer at 18:19 when it was cleared for the localizer/DME approach to runway 3. The crew reported a 2-mile final 5 minutes later. On short final the wings were seen to rock back and forth; the aircraft then dropped steeply to the ground in a rather flat attitude, struck the airport perimeter fence and slid to a stop on its belly.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The failure of the flight crew to properly supervise the loading of the airplane which resulted in the centre of gravity being displaced to such an aft location that the airplane control was lost when the flaps were lowered for landing."

Classification:
Centre of Gravity outside limits
Loss of control

Sources:
» NTSB/AAR-88/11
» NTSB/AAR-96/02 (146)

Official accident investigation report
investigating agency: National Transport Safety Bureau (NTSB) - United States of America
report status: Final
report number: NTSB/AAR-88-11
report released:20-DEC-1988
duration of investigation:393 days (1 year )
download report: Ryan Air Service, Inc. Flight 103, Beech Aircraft Corporation 1900C, N401RA, Homer, Alaska November 23, 1987. (NTSB/AAR-88-11)

Follow-up / safety actions

NTSB issued 3 Safety Recommendations

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Distance from Kodiak Airport, AK to Homer Airport, AK as the crow flies is 217 km (136 miles).

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