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Last updated: 26 January 2020
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:vendredi 18 décembre 1998
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic C212 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
CASA C-212 Aviocar 200
Compagnie:FS Air Service
Immatriculation: N502FS
Numéro de série: 294
Année de Fabrication: 1985
Heures de vol:8385
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord: 2
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 18
Total:victimes: 0 / à bord: 20
Dégats de l'appareil: Substantiels
Conséquences: Repaired
Lieu de l'accident:Nixon Fork Mine Airstrip, AK (   Etats-Unis d'Amérique)
Phase de vol: Au décollage (TOF)
Nature:Charter National
Aéroport de départ:Nixon Fork Mine, AK, Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:Anchorage-Ted Stevens International Airport, AK (ANC/PANC), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
The CASA C-212 airplane, N502FS, sustained substantial damage during takeoff from the Nixon Fork Mine airstrip, located about 30 miles northeast of McGrath, Alaska. The airplane was being operated on a mining crew change flight from Anchorage, Alaska to the Nixon Fork Mine airstrip and return.
The airplane was taxied to the south end of the airstrip in preparation for a north departure with the first officer as Pilot Flying. Upon releasing the brakes, the aircraft accelerated to about 45 knots, and suddenly started pulling to the right. Both pilots pulled the power levers to the flight idle position and the captain took control of the airplane. He then applied full reverse thrust and heavy braking while trying to keep the nose straight, but the airplane kept pulling to the right. The airplane continued off the right side of the 4,400 feet long by 75 feet wide runway, down an embankment, and into an area of large boulders.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and right wing.

Probable Cause:

The flightcrew's inadequate compensation for wind conditions. A factor associated with the accident was a crosswind.


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Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Nixon Fork Mine, AK et Anchorage-Ted Stevens International Airport, AK est de 334 km (209 miles).

Les informations ci-dessus ne représentent pas l'opinion de la 'Flight Safety Foundation' ou de 'Aviation Safety Network' sur les causes de l'accident. Ces informations prélimimaires sont basées sur les faits tel qu'ils sont connus à ce jour.
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