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Last updated: 11 August 2020
Date:Monday 21 July 1997
Time:18:30 ADT
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208 Caravan I
Operator:Penair - Peninsula Airways
Registration: N9481F
C/n / msn: 20800070
First flight: 1985
Total airframe hrs:8670
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Naknek Airport, AK (NNK) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:King Salmon Airport, AK (AKN/PAKN), United States of America
Destination airport:Naknek Airport, AK (NNK), United States of America
Flightnumber: 354
The airplane was on short final to land on runway 34 when it encountered heavy rain, which reduced forward visibility. The pilot continued the landing, and during the landing roll, the airplane drifted right and the right wing contacted brush and trees. The airplane departed the right side of the 1,700-foot-long x 50-foot-wide runway.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilots decision to continue the landing into adverse weather conditions and failure to maintain runway alignment. A factor
was the rain shower which resulted in reduced forward visibility."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 4 months
Accident number: ANC97LA109
Download report: Summary report


Runway excursion

» NTSB Id ANC97LA109


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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 King Salmon Airport, AK to Naknek Airport, AK as the crow flies is 22 km (14 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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