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Accident description
Last updated: 22 November 2017
Status:Final
Date:Friday 30 May 2014
Time:ca 09:30
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:Alaska Air Taxi
Registration: N3125N
C/n / msn: 394
First flight: 1960
Engines: 1 Garrett TPE331
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Minor
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:near Homer, AK (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Sedona Airport, AZ (SDX/KSEZ), United States of America
Destination airport:Anchorage-Ted Stevens International Airport, AK (ANC/PANC), United States of America
Narrative:
A de Havilland DHC-3T Turbine Otter airplane, experienced an anomalous in-flight vibration and uncommanded nose-down pitch during cruise flight in the vicinity of Homer, Alaska. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right elevator. The flight departed Seldovia, Alaska, about 0900, en route to Anchorage, Alaska.

According to the pilot, during cruise flight, the airplane vibrated and subsequently pitched nose-down. The pilot applied corrections and continued the flight to the destination. After landing, the pilot and a mechanic examined the airplane and found that the skin on the right elevator servo tab was separated from the hinge, and spar structures inside the right elevator were cracked.


This same aircraft, N3125N, was involved in an accident on 4 June 2015, when during cruise flight, while applying back pressure to the control yoke, a vibration was felt. The pilot immediately reduced power and executed a precautionary landing. After landing it was found that the skin on the right elevator servo tab was fractured and separated from the hinge, and spar structures inside the right elevator were cracked.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The flutter failure of the right elevator servo tab due to the improper fabrication of the servo tab and maintenance personnelís subsequent failure to detect anomalies with the servo tab."

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Sedona Airport, AZ to Anchorage-Ted Stevens International Airport, AK as the crow flies is 3950 km (2468 miles).

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