Accident Boeing 727-46F N190AJ,
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Date:Thursday 14 February 2002
Type:Silhouette image of generic B721 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing 727-46F
Owner/operator:Northern Air Cargo
Registration: N190AJ
MSN: 18878/236
Year of manufacture:1966
Total airframe hrs:74093 hours
Engine model:P&W JT8D-7B
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Substantial, repaired
Location:Kotzebue Airport, AK (OTZ) -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Fairbanks International Airport, AK (FAI/PAFA)
Destination airport:Kotzebue Airport, AK (OTZ/PAOT)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
A Boeing 727 cargo plane, N190AJ, sustained substantial damage during an approach to landing at the Kotzebue-Ralph Wien Memorial Airport, Alaska. The airplane was operated by Northern Air Cargo as Flight 20, originating at the Fairbanks Airport, Alaska.
It was reported that the pilot was making a visual approach and overshot the centerline of the runway while making the left turn from the base leg to the final segment of the approach. On the final segment of the approach, the pilot made a left, and then a right turn, attempting to realign the airplane with the centerline. During the right turn, the right wing struck the snow-covered ground. The pilot landed the airplane without further incident.
The right wing's outboard leading-edge slat and the right wingtip were damaged.

The pilot's decision to continue an unstabilized approach to landing. A factor associated with the accident is the pilot's failure to attain proper alignment with the runway.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: ANC02LA015
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 months
Download report: Final report



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