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Last updated: 29 April 2017
Datum:Sonntag 24 Mai 1998
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-90-DL (DC-3C)
Fluggesellschaft:Majestic Air Cargo
Kennzeichen: N67588
Werknummer: 20536
Baujahr: 1944
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 2
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 1
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 3
Sachschaden: schwer beschädigt
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:8 km (5 Meilen) NW of Anchorage, AK (   USA)
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Flug von:Unalakleet Airport, AK (UNK/PAUN), USA
Flug nach:Anchorage International Airport, AK (ANC/PANC), USA
N67588 departed Unalakleet at 20:30 for an IFR positioning flight to Anchorage. After arriving in the Anchorage area, the flight was cleared for a visual approach to runway 14. During the approach, both engines quit running about 2,000 feet msl. The pilot said the right fuel tank was empty. He estimated that 50 to 60 gallons of fuel remained in the left fuel tank. The pilot attempted to restart the engines without success. The airplane was descending toward open water of the Cook Inlet. The pilot lowered the landing gear, and made a right turn toward a small airstrip, located at Point McKenzie, about 5 miles northwest of Anchorage. The pilot touched down in an area of soft, marsh covered, terrain. During the landing roll, the airplane nosed down and received damage to the forward, lower portion of the fuselage. The captain of this flight, the owner of Majestic Air Cargo, died January 23, 2001 when his DC-3 crashed into a mountain near Unalaska, AK.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's inadequate in-flight planning/decision which resulted in fuel exhaustion and subsequent loss of engine power. A related factor was the soft, marshy terrain at the forced landing area."



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Distance from Unalakleet Airport, AK to Anchorage International Airport, AK as the crow flies is 625 km (391 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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