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Last updated: 29 October 2020
Datum:Montag 26 Juni 1989
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-65-DL (DC-3C)
Fluggesellschaft:California Air Tours
Kennzeichen: N8042X
Werknummer: 19041
Baujahr: 1943
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-94
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 1
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 1
Sachschaden: schwer beschädigt
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:8 km (5 Meilen) S vom Land entfernt von Petersburg, AK (   USA)
Flugphase: Anfangssteigflug (ICL)
Flug von:Petersburg Municipal Airport, AK (PSG/PAPG), USA
Flug nach:Ketchikan International Airport, AK (KTN/PAKT), USA
Climbing through 200-300 feet after takeoff a portion of the right aileron fabric separated. Then the pilot's control wheel became free. Although the mechanic in the right seat told him that his controls were functioning normally, the pilot disagreed and he ditched the aircraft.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's improper decision to ditch the aircraft when it could have been flown back to the airport using the right seat controls. Contributing factor(s) was: the failure and separation of a portion of the right aileron fabric and the pilot's excessive force applied to the control wheel which resulted in overstressing the aileron control chain.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 7 months
Accident number: SEA89FA122
Download report: Summary report

» ICAO Adrep Summary 1/94 (#81)


photo of Douglas-DC-3C-N8042X
accident date: 26-06-1989
type: Douglas DC-3C
registration: N8042X

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 Petersburg Municipal Airport, AK to Ketchikan International Airport, AK as the crow flies is 177 km (110 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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