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Accident description
Last updated: 21 August 2017
Status:Final
Date:Friday 15 January 2016
Time:10:23
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
Operator:Grant Aviation
Registration: N104AN
C/n / msn: 208B-0918
First flight: 2001
Total airframe hrs:14440
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 9
Airplane damage: Substantial
Location:Hooper Bay Airport, AK (HPB) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Chevak Airport, AK (VAK/PAVA), United States of America
Destination airport:Hooper Bay Airport, AK (HPB/PAHP), United States of America
Narrative:
A Cessna 208B Grand Caravan suffered substantial damage in a runway excursion accident at Hooper Bay Airport, Alaska.
The pilot reported that he aligned the airplane on final approach with what "appeared" to be the runway with a small snow berm on both the left and right sides. The left main landing gear touched down first, and then the airplane came to an abrupt stop a few feet to the right of the runway.
A postaccident examination of the airframe revealed substantial damage to the right wing.
The pilot reported that there were no pre-impact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's failure to identify the runway, resulting in the airplane touching down a few feet to the right of the runway."

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 81 days (3 months)
Accident number: GAA16CA109
Download report: Summary report

Classification:
Runway excursion

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Chevak Airport, AK to Hooper Bay Airport, AK as the crow flies is 29 km (18 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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