ASN Aircraft accident Douglas R4D-1 (DC-3) N111ST Pilot Point Airport, AK (PIP)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Wednesday 1 July 1981
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas R4D-1 (DC-3)
Operator:United Aircraft Services
Registration: N111ST
MSN: 4661
First flight: 1942
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Pilot Point Airport, AK (PIP) (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Pilot Point Airport, AK (PIP/PAPN), United States of America
Destination airport:Anchorage International Airport, AK (ANC/PANC), United States of America
While taxiing for takeoff, the no. 1 engine nearly quit two times. Shortly after lifting off, the engine failed. The DC-3 cleared cliffs in a shallow left turn. At 300-400 feet the left wing suddenly dropped, the aircraft nosed over and crashed on a mud flat.

Probable Cause:

powerplant - miscellaneous: powerplant failure for undetermined reasons
pilot in command - failed to obtain/maintain flying speed
complete power loss - complete engine failure/flameout-1 engine



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Distance from Pilot Point Airport, AK to Anchorage International Airport, AK as the crow flies is 581 km (363 miles).

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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