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Accident description
Last updated: 14 December 2017
Status:Final
Date:Wednesday 17 January 2007
Time:15:50
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54G
Operator:Brooks Air Fuel
Registration: N82FA
C/n / msn: 35960/354
First flight: 1945
Total airframe hrs:28933
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2000-7M2
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:8 km (5 mls) W of Nenana, AK (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Fairbanks International Airport, AK (FAI/PAFA), United States of America
Destination airport:Nixon Fork Mine, AK, United States of America
Narrative:
The Douglas C-54 N82FA departed Fairbanks, carrying 3000 gallons of heating fuel for the Nixon Fork Mine. En route the no. 2 engine started running rough. The pilot elected to shut it down and return to Fairbanks. During the shutdown procedure, the engine caught fire. The fire extinguishing system was activated.
The crew attempted to divert to Nenana Municipal Airport, AK (ENN), but a forced gear-up landing had to be carried out in the tundra. The left wing was consumed by fire.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The failure of an engine cylinder during cruise flight, which resulted in an in-flight fire, and subsequent emergency gear-up landing on snow-covered tundra. A factor in the accident was the failure of the fire suppression equipment to extinguish the fire."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 189 days (6 months)
Accident number: ANC07LA016
Download report: Summary report

Classification:
Forced landing outside airport

Sources:
» Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Thursday, January 18, 2007
» NTSB id ANC07LA016


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N82FA was bought by Brooks in February 2006; it was a former air tanker (161) from Aero Flite.
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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 Fairbanks International Airport, AK to Nixon Fork Mine, AK as the crow flies is 377 km (235 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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