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Accident description
Last updated: 11 December 2017
Status:
Date:Monday 15 May 2000
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov 2T
Operator:Greatland Resource
Registration: N72KS
C/n / msn: 1G237-32
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:at an unknown location (   North Pole)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Private
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The Antonov, accompanied by a Cessna 185 was on the return trip from Spitzbergen to Barrow, Alaska when a landing was attempted on the North Pole. The Cessna landed first to check the thickness of the ice. When the Antonov touched down the ice began to crack. While attempting to take off again, the ice gave way under the main gear, causing the nose to sink into the freezing water. The aircraft remained on the ice, supported by the lower wing of the biplane. All aboard managed to get out safely through the aft left hand door.

Sources:
» Antonov on ice: polar adventure features impromptu bivouac / by Bob Marks


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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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