Accident Douglas DC-7BF N6314J,
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Date:Monday 12 September 1977
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC7 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas DC-7BF
Owner/operator:Safe Air Cargo
Registration: N6314J
MSN: 45359/868
Year of manufacture:1957
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:4 km NW of Yakutat Airport, AK (YAK) -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Yakutat Airport, AK (YAK/PAYA)
Destination airport:Anchorage International Airport, AK (ANC/PANC)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The aircraft barely climbed after lifting off from runway 29 and was seen to pass at 30-40 feet above tree tops before it crashed in a logged area 2,55 miles from the runway end. The aircraft was 1745lb overweight and had lost power on one engine. Because the autofeather system was not connected, the prop did not feather.

pilot in command - attempted operation w/known deficiencies in equipment
personnel - maintenance,servicing,inspection: inadequate maintenance and inspection
powerplant - exhaust system: stacks
powerplant - engine structure: valve assemblies
miscellaneous acts,conditions - fire in engine
miscellaneous acts,conditions - improperly loaded aircraft-weight-and/or c.g.
miscellaneous acts,conditions - improper emergency procedures
miscellaneous acts,conditions - pilot fatigue
partial power loss - partial loss of power - 1 engine

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: DCA77AA027
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 months
Download report: Final report





photo (c) Steve Forsyth; Yakutat Airport, AK (YAK/PAYA); 25 February 2012

photo (c) Steve Forsyth; Yakutat Airport, AK (YAK/PAYA); 25 February 2012

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