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Last updated: 17 October 2019
Datum:Samstag 30 August 1975
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic F27 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairchild F-27B
Fluggesellschaft:Wien Air Alaska
Kennzeichen: N4904
Werknummer: 21
Baujahr: 1958
Triebwerk: 2 Rolls-Royce Dart 514-7
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 4
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 7 / Insassen: 28
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 10 / Insassen: 32
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:1 km (0.6 Meilen) E of Gambell Airport, AK (GAM) (   USA)
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Nome Airport, AK (OME/PAOM), USA
Flug nach:Gambell Airport, AK (GAM/PAGM), USA
Flugnummer: 99
Flight 99 crashed into a mountain and overturned while attempting to land at Gambell runway 15. A fire started in the left engine but spread only slowly to the passenger cabin.
Weather was poor with low ceilings and a visibility of 400 m at some places.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The flight crew's failure to adhere to prescribed company instrument approach procedures while attempting to land in adverse weather conditions."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 130 days (4 months)
Accident number: NTSB/AAR-76-01
Download report: Final report

» Aviation News 03 October 1975
» Flight International 17 April 76 (998)


NTSB issued 2 Safety Recommendations

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Flight track

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Nome Airport, AK to Gambell Airport, AK as the crow flies is 313 km (196 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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