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Last updated: 24 September 2018
Fecha:miércoles 31 enero 2001
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-6B
Operador:Everts Air Cargo
Registración: N4390F
Numéro de série: 44898/674
Año de Construcción: 1956
Horas Totales de la Célula:37052
Motores: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-CB16
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 3
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 0
Total:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 3
Daños en la Aeronave: Considerable
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:Donlin Creek Airstrip, AK (   Estados Unidos de América)
Fase: Aterrizaje (LDG)
Aeropuerto de Salida:Fairbanks International Airport, AK (FAI/PAFA), Estados Unidos de América
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Donlin Creek Airstrip, AK, Estados Unidos de América
The aircraft departed Fairbanks around 11:30 to deliver about 4,800 gallons of fuel oil to the remote mining site 12 miles north of Crooked Creek, AK. The 5,400 feet long by 100 feet wide airstrip is situated within hilly, snow-covered terrain and has a 7 percent uphill grade. Flat light conditions existed at the airstrip, and light snow showers were present, with visibility reported at 2 miles. The captain stated that during final approach, as the airplane passed over the airstrip threshold, flat light conditions made it very difficult to discern where the airstrip surface was. He said that the initial touch down was "firm", but was thought to be within acceptable tolerances. Just after touchdown, the left wing broke free from the airplane at the wing to fuselage attach point. The airplane veered to the left, and off the left side of the runway.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The flight crew's misjudged flare while landing. Factors associated with the accident were flat light conditions, snow-covered terrain, and an uphill runway grade."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year
Accident number: ANC01LA034
Download report: Summary report


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