Narrative:The Skyvan collided in midair with a Cessna 207 (N800GA), shortly after taking off from runway 36. Both aircraft crashed.
|Date:||Tuesday 25 March 1997|
|Type:||Shorts SC.7 Skyvan 3-100|
|Operator:||Arctic Circle Air Service|
|C/n / msn:|| SH.1972|
|First flight:|| 1980|
|Total airframe hrs:||10192|
|Engines:|| 2 Garrett TPE331-2-201A|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0|
|Total:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1 |
|Collision casualties:||Fatalities: 1|
|Airplane damage:|| Destroyed|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||2,8 km (1.8 mls) ENE of Nunapitchuk Airport, AK (NUP) (United States of America)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Departure airport:||Nunapitchuk Airport, AK (NUP), United States of America|
|Destination airport:||Bethel Airport, AK (BET/PABE), United States of America|
A witness observed the Skyvan descending toward the ground in a counter-clockwise spiral from about 800 feet above the ground. The wreckage of Cessna, entangled with the wreckage of N451SA, was found on the surface of a frozen lake. The weather conditions that prevailed at the time of the accident included clear skies; visibility, about 60 miles; wind, 045 degrees at 15 knots.
PROBABLE CAUSE: "Inadequate visual look-out by the pilots of both airplanes, which resulted in their failure to see-and-avoid each other's airplanes."
» NTSB Identification: ANC97FA037A
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
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Distance from Nunapitchuk Airport, AK to Bethel Airport, AK as the crow flies is 35 km (22 miles).