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Last updated: 11 August 2020
Date:Friday 27 August 2004
Time:ca 16:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter
Operator:Mavrik Aire
Registration: N197TT
C/n / msn: 197
First flight: 1956
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney R-1340
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:56 km (35 mls) W of McGrath, AK (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:McGrath Airport, AK (MCG/PAMC), United States of America
Destination airport:Unalakleet Airport, AK (UNK/PAUN), United States of America
DHC-3 N197TT was one of two aircraft that departed McGrath for Unalakleet and Kotzebue to transport hunting camp supplies. Instrument meteorological conditions consisting of mist, fog, and smoke, prevailed in the area of the accident. Because of this, the Otter flew about 500 to 1,000 feet above the ground. Suddenly a mountain ridge appeared in front of the airplane. The pilot banked the airplane to the left, and added engine power. A few seconds later the airplane touched trees and descended into the ground, coming to rest upright. The survivors spent two nights at the wreckage under heavy forest fire smoke and severe weather before they were spotted by rescue crews.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's inadequate in-flight planning/decision making, his continued VFR flight into instrument meteorological conditions, and his failure to maintain obstacle clearance. Factors contributing to the accident were low ceilings due to smoke, rain, and mist."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 285 days (10 months)
Accident number: ANC04LA098
Download report: Summary report

VFR flight in IMC
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

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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 McGrath Airport, AK to Unalakleet Airport, AK as the crow flies is 276 km (173 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of 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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