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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 38116
Last updated: 3 September 2015
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Date:22-DEC-1989
Time:18:10
Type:Piper PA-31T
Owner/operator:Southcentral Air
Registration: N302SC
C/n / msn: 31-8275004
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:8 miles NW of Beluga Airport, Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Kenai Municipal Airport, Kenai, Alaska (ENA/PAEN)
Destination airport:Beluga Airport, Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska (BVU/PAVG)
Narrative:
THE AIRCRAFT WAS ON AN IFR FLIGHT FROM KENAI TO THE BELUGA AIRPORT. THE AIRPORT DID NOT HAVE AN INSTRUMENT APPROACH PROCEDURE, A CO-LOCATED NAVAID OR A CO-LOCATED INTXN OR FIX. REPORTEDLY, PILOTS WOULD ROUTINELY FILE IFR FOR THE ROUTE, FLY OUTBOUND FROM KENAI FOR 34.5 MILES, THEN ATTEMPT VISUAL ACQUISITION OF THE AIRPORT.

ON THIS FLIGHT, AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL CENTER CLEARED THE PILOT TO FLY DIRECT TO THE AIRPORT AT AN ALTITUDE OF 2000 FEET. BEFORE REACHING THE AIRPORT, THE PILOT ACKNOWLEDGED RECEIPT OF A CLEARANCE TO CRUISE AT 2000 FEET & TO REPORT CANCELLATION OF IFR, THEN THERE WAS NO FURTHER COMM BETWEEN AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL CENTER & THE FLIGHT.

MODE C RADAR DATA SHOWED THE AIRCRAFT DESCENDED TO 600 FEET AS IT WAS APPROACHING ABOUT 5 MILES SOUTH OF THE BELUGA AIRPORT. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE AIRCRAFT FLEW PAST THE UNCONTROLLED AIRPORT & CRASHED INTO TREES ABOUT 8 MILES NORTH WEST OF THE AIRPORT.

MARKS ON THE TREES SHOWED THE AIRCRAFT WAS IN A RIGHT DESCENDING TURN ON AN EASTERLY HEADING, WHEN IT CRASHED. ELEVATION OF THE CRASH SITE WAS 560 FEET AMSL. MINIMUM SAFE (IFR) ALTITUDE FOR THE BELUGA AIRPORT AREA WAS 2,000 FEET.

THERE WERE INDICATIONS THAT THE DESTINATION WEATHER WAS BELOW VFR CONDITIONS. NO PRE-IMPACT MECHANICAL PROBLEM WAS FOUND THAT WOULD HAVE RESULTED IN THE ACCIDENT.

CAUSE: FAILURE OF THE PILOT TO MAINTAIN PROPER ALTITUDE. DARKNESS AND ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS WERE RELATED FACTORS.

Sources:
1. NTSB Identification: ANC90FA021 at http://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20001213X29894&key=1
2. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=302SC
3. http://www.scramble.nl/civil-database/details?bt=pa&af=5396
4. http://planecrashmap.com/plane/ak/N302SC/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
18-Jun-2015 23:10 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
18-Jun-2015 23:12 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
18-Jun-2015 23:15 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type]
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