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Last updated: 17 October 2019
Status:Final
Date:Monday 5 June 1995
Time:14:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic C130 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-100-30 Hercules
Operator:Southern Air Transport
Registration: N906SJ
C/n / msn: 4477
First flight: 1972
Total airframe hrs:45737
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Nixon Fork Mine, AK (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Anchorage-Ted Stevens International Airport, AK (ANC/PANC), United States of America
Destination airport:Nixon Fork Mine, AK, United States of America
Narrative:
A Lockheed Hercules transport airplane, N906SJ, dragged its tail during landing at Nixon Fork Mine, Alaska. The airplane received substantial damage.
Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a visual flight rules flight plan was filed on the cargo flight from Anchorage.
The airplane was landing on runway 35 at Nixon Fork Mine and the approach was over a 60 foot high hill. The hill is situated at the threshold of runway 35. The pilot likely attempted to arrest the sink rate by increasing the landing flare. The airplane, N906SJ, is 18 feet longer than the other Hercules aircraft in the operator's fleet.

Probable Cause:

Failure of the pilot-in-command to assure the airplane was adequately flared for landing.

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 238 days (8 months)
Accident number: ANC95LA084
Download report: Summary report

Classification:
Tailstrike

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Anchorage-Ted Stevens International Airport, AK to Nixon Fork Mine, AK as the crow flies is 334 km (209 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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