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Last updated: 14 December 2019
Datum:maandag 26 juni 1989
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-65-DL (DC-3C)
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:California Air Tours
Registratie: N8042X
Constructienummer: 19041
Bouwjaar: 1943
Aantal vlieguren:10762
Motoren: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-94
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 1
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 0
Totaal:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 1
Schade: Groot
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:8 km (5 mijl) S van Petersburg, AK (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: InitiŽle klim (ICL)
Soort vlucht:Ferry
Vliegveld van vertrek:Petersburg Municipal Airport, AK (PSG/PAPG), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Ketchikan International Airport, AK (KTN/PAKT), Verenigde Staten
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

Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Petersburg Municipal Airport, AK en Ketchikan International Airport, AK bedraagt 177 km (110 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkís 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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