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Last updated: 12 August 2020
Date:Sunday 30 June 1985
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-1-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Northern Peninsula Fisheries
Registration: N168Z
C/n / msn: 20850
First flight: 1944
Total airframe hrs:18000
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:King Salmon, AK (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Homer Airport, AK (HOM/PAHO), United States of America
Destination airport:King Salmon Airport, AK (AKN/PAKN), United States of America
During an instrument approach, the right engine lost power. The pilot moved the right fuel selector to the left main tank and began emergency procedures. The aircraft broke out of the overcast and the aircrew saw the airport. However, the left engine also lost power. The captain noted the fuel pressure was dropping and elected to land on tundra beside a road. During the landing, the aircraft was substantially damaged. The aircraft was later reported at Salt Lake City March 1992 (condition not reported) and derelict at El Mirage, CA March 2000.

Probable Cause:

"In-flight planning/decision .. improper .. pilot in command
Fluid, fuel .. exhaustion
Pre-flight planning/preparation .. improper .. pilot in command
Fluid, fuel .. siphoning"



photo of Douglas-C-47B-N168Z
accident date: 30-06-1985
type: Douglas C-47B (DC-3)
registration: N168Z

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 Homer Airport, AK to King Salmon Airport, AK as the crow flies is 311 km (195 miles).

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