ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 151374
Last updated: 1 September 2014
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Date:24-DEC-2012
Time:12:48 PM
Type:Santa SuperSleigh 100F
Owner/operator:Private, dba Santa Claus
Registration: NP-001
C/n / msn: SS100-01
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Minor
Location:North Pole Cargoport Airfield -   North Pole
Phase: Take off
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:North Pole Cargoport Airfield
Destination airport:Various on round the world flight.
Narrative:
A reindeer-powered experimental Santa SuperSleigh 100F, sustained minor damage when it veered off the left side of runway 36 during its takeoff at the North Pole Cargoport Airfield, North Pole, and struck runway lights. The instrument rated captain was not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual dba Santa Claus as a nonscheduled international cargo flight. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, with snowfall.

The pilot reported that there was snow and ice on the runway. He reported that a strong crosswind gust forced the experimental airplane to veer off the left side of the runway where the it struck runway lights. The pilot managed to get the SuperSleigh back on the runway and stop.
A postaccident inspection of the airplane revealed minor damage and the flight was able to continue after repairs. Observers questioned the weight and balance data reported by the pilot who said "his wife and the elves" had prepared the manifest for him and that he had not personally verified the calculations.

One of the questions brought up by investicators was, "Had the left reindeer been properly fed, deiced, and heated?
Unofficial sources now say that Dancer shed a shoe during take-off, & this may have caused the incident.

Sources:
pilot report, NP-TSB


Revision history:

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22-Dec-2012 06:27 harro Added
22-Dec-2012 06:27 harro Updated [Embed code]
22-Dec-2012 11:15 FMCCR56511 Updated [Destination airport, Embed code]
23-Dec-2012 01:42 68.88.67.201 Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
23-Dec-2012 09:25 DOVES Updated [Source, Embed code]
23-Dec-2012 12:02 judithmars Updated [Time, Embed code]
24-Dec-2012 02:03 JoeB Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
24-Dec-2012 07:34 Sternpaddler Updated [Embed code]
24-Dec-2012 08:02 75.76.113.66 Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
24-Dec-2012 09:22 harro Updated [Source, Embed code]
25-Dec-2012 03:37 harro Updated [Date, Embed code]
25-Dec-2012 06:41 JINX40 Updated [Destination airport, Embed code, Narrative]
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