Unfallbericht:Climbing through 200-300 feet after takeoff a portion of the right aileron fabric separated. Then the pilot's control wheel became free. Although the mechanic in the right seat told him that his controls were functioning normally, the pilot disagreed and he ditched the aircraft.
|Datum:||Montag 26 Juni 1989|
Douglas C-47A-65-DL (DC-3C)
|Fluggesellschaft:||California Air Tours|
|Triebwerk:|| 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-94|
|Besatzung:||Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 1|
|Fluggäste:||Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0|
|Gesamt:||Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 1 |
|Sachschaden:|| schwer beschädigt|
|Konsequenzen:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Unfallort:||8 km (5 Meilen) S vom Land entfernt von Petersburg, AK (USA)
|Flugphase:|| Anfangssteigflug (ICL)|
|Flug von:||Petersburg Municipal Airport, AK (PSG), USA|
|Flug nach:||Ketchikan International Airport, AK (KTN/PAKT), USA|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's improper decision to ditch the aircraft when it could have been flown back to the airport using the right seat controls. Contributing factor(s) was: the failure and separation of a portion of the right aileron fabric and the pilot's excessive force applied to the control wheel which resulted in overstressing the aileron control chain.
» ICAO Adrep Summary 1/94 (#81)
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Distance from Petersburg Municipal Airport, AK to Ketchikan International Airport, AK as the crow flies is 177 km (110 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.