ASN Aircraft accident Britten-Norman BN-2A-8 Islander N37MN Selawik, AK
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Thursday 7 April 1983
Type:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Britten-Norman BN-2A-8 Islander
Operator:Munz Northern Airlines
Registration: N37MN
MSN: 558
First flight: 1976-11-19 (6 years 5 months)
Total airframe hrs:6674
Engines: 2 Lycoming O-540-E4C5
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Selawik, AK (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Nome Airport, AK (OME/PAOM), United States of America
Destination airport:Ambler Airport, AK (ABL/PAFM), United States of America
Flightnumber: 601
Crashed during snow storm.

Probable Cause:

VFR flight into IMC..inadvertent..pilot in command
VFR flight into IMC..continued..pilot in command
weather forecast..not obtained..pilot in command
terrain condition..high terrain
weather condition..whiteout
weather condition..snow

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Distance from Nome Airport, AK to Ambler Airport, AK as the crow flies is 446 km (279 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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