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Last updated: 25 May 2020
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:mardi 27 avril 1999
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic DHC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter
Compagnie:40-Mile Air
Immatriculation: N3125N
Numéro de série: 394
Année de Fabrication: 1960
Moteurs: 1 Shvetsov ASh-62IR-M18
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord: 1
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 1
Total:victimes: 0 / à bord: 2
Dégats de l'appareil: Substantiels
Conséquences: Repaired
Lieu de l'accident:21 km (13.1 milles) NNE of Healy, AK (   Etats-Unis d'Amérique)
Phase de vol: A l'atterrissage (LDG)
Nature:Charter National
Aéroport de départ:Fairbanks International Airport, AK (FAI/PAFA), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:?
The DHC-3 airplane, N3125N, sustained substantial damage during a landing on a remote airstrip, north-northeast of Healy, Alaska. The occupants were not injured. The pilot was transporting building supplies and workers to the area. The airstrip, known as Daniels Strip, is oriented east/west, and is about 1,500 feet long and about 10 feet wide. The pilot said the airstrip is a one-way airstrip, with landings performed toward the west. The strip is flat for about half of the length, and then proceeds uphill. The pilot said on the third landing of the day, he touched down on the strip on the main landing gear. Before the tail wheel touched down, a gust of wind pushed the airplane off the left side of the strip. The leading edge of the left wing struck a tree, damaging the wing tip and wing nose ribs. The pilot said a tail wind was present, about 15 knots from 090 degrees.

Probable Cause:

Probable cause: The pilot's selection of an unsafe/hazardous area for landing. Factors in the accident were the presence of a tail wind, the pilot's inadequate evaluation of the wind conditions, and a narrow airstrip.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 11 months
Accident number: ANC99LA057
Download report: Final report



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