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Last updated: 12 August 2020
Date:Thursday 19 August 1993
Time:15:22 ADT
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter
Operator:Ketchum Air Service
Registration: N321KA
C/n / msn: 415
First flight: 1961
Total airframe hrs:7200
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney R-1340-61
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Iliamna, AK (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Nikabuna Lake, AK, United States of America
Destination airport:Anchorage-Lake Hood, AK (LHD/PALH), United States of America
The float equipped Otter experienced a non- mechanical loss of engine power during climb from Nikabuna Lake. The pilot executed a forced landing on a small pond, and the airplane overran the water area into woodland and caught fire.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Fluid, fuel starvation as a result of the pilot-in-command's improper in-flight planning/decision. A factor in the accident was the operator's inadequate flight time and fuel upload record keeping."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 2 months
Accident number: ANC93FA152
Download report: Summary report

All engine powerloss
Forced landing outside airport



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