ASN Aircraft accident Aviation Traders ATL-98 Carvair N103 Venetie, AK
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Saturday 28 June 1997
Time:16:18 ADT
Type:Silhouette image of generic CARV model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aviation Traders ATL-98 Carvair
Operator:Hondu Carib Cargo
Registration: N103
MSN: 4/10273
First flight: 1943
Total airframe hrs:7145
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2000-7M2
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Venetie, AK (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Venetie Airport, AK (VEE/PAVE), United States of America
Destination airport:Fairbanks International Airport, AK (FAI/PAFA), United States of America
The Carvair took off from Venetie for a VFR positioning flight to Fairbanks. The aircraft was climbing when the number two engine on the left wing began to run rough. Soon thereafter, a fire warning light for the same engine illuminated in the cockpit. Fire was visually confirmed, the engine was shut down, and both banks of fire bottles were discharged. The fire continued to burn, and the number two engine fell off the wing. The captain was forced to carry out an emergency landing on a sand and gravel bar in the Chandalar River.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "A fire associated with the number 2 engine for undetermined reasons."

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 5 months
Accident number: ANC97LA093
Download report: Summary report

Engine separation
Engine fire
Forced landing outside airport

» NTSB Identification: ANC97LA093


photo of Aviation-Traders-ATL-98-Carvair-N103
accident date: 28-06-1997
type: Aviation Traders ATL-98 Carvair
registration: N103

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 Venetie Airport, AK to Fairbanks International Airport, AK as the crow flies is 251 km (157 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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