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Last updated: 4 December 2021
Date:Friday 18 September 2009
Type:Silhouette image of generic C212 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
CASA C-212 Aviocar 200
Operator:Bering Air
Registration: N349TA
MSN: 349
First flight: 1986
Engines: 2 Garrett TPE331-10-501C
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Savoonga Airport, AK (SVA) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Nome Airport, AK (OME/PAOM), United States of America
Destination airport:Savoonga Airport, AK (SVA/PASA), United States of America
A CASA C-212 Aviocar, N349TA, sustained substantial damage in a runway excursion during landing at Savoonga Airport, AK (SVA) runway 05. Both pilots were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a Defense Visual Flight Rules (DVFR) flight plan was in effect. The flight departed Nome Airport, AK (OME), about 13:12.
On approach, the flight overflew the runway at 500 feet prior to entering the pattern at 800 feet. The captain indicated that they flew a teardrop approach and noted that the winds were 50-degrees to the runway from the north. The pilot stated that he had to crab the airplane into the wind while on final. After touchdown, while on the rollout, the pilot indicated that he tried to maintain aircraft control with the aileron into the wind and forward pressure on the nose; however, the airplane was difficult to control and it began to veer to the right side of the runway. The airplane continued to the right, exited the runway surface, and came to rest in a ditch adjacent to the landing runway.
The pilots characterized the weather at Savoonga as overcast skies, gusty winds, and light rain. They also reported that runway had been recently graded and was rough.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll in a gusting crosswind."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 7 months
Accident number: ANC09LA104
Download report: Summary report

Runway excursion

» None harmed in Savoonga plane crash (KTUU, 19-9-2009)
» NTSB Identification: ANC09LA104


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Distance from Nome Airport, AK to Savoonga Airport, AK as the crow flies is 260 km (162 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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