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Accident description
Last updated: 17 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Friday 23 September 2011
Time:19:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH3T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-3T Texas Turbine Otter
Operator:Servant Air
Registration: N361TT
C/n / msn: 361
First flight: 1952
Engines: 1 Garrett TPE331
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Heitman Lake, AK (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Old Harbor Airport, AK (OLH), United States of America
Destination airport:Kodiak Airport, AK (ADQ/PADQ), United States of America
Narrative:
A de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter (Garrett TPE-331 powered Texas Turbine conversion) sustained substantial damage in an accident near Heitman Lake, near Mile 14 of the Chiniak Highway, Kalsin Bay, AK, six miles south of Kodiak, AK. The pilot was killed and the two passengers suffered serious injuries.
The airplane struck a tree and terrain during a go-around at Heitman Lake.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot’s failure to maintain clearance from a tree during a low altitude maneuver and his failure to maintain control of the airplane. Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s use of over-the-counter sedating medications."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 5 months
Accident number: ANC11FA107
Download report: Summary report

Classification:
Loss of control

Sources:
» AK plane crash: pilot dead, 2 injured (Anchorage Daily News, 23-9-2011)
» NTSB


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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 Old Harbor Airport, AK to Kodiak Airport, AK as the crow flies is 75 km (47 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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