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Last updated: 1 December 2021
Date:Wednesday 31 August 2016
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan EX
Operated by:Hageland Aviation Services
On behalf of:Ravn Connect
Registration: N752RV
MSN: 208B5088
First flight: 2014
Total airframe hrs:811
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-140
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:10 km (6.3 mls) NW of Russian Mission Airport, AK (RSH) (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Russian Mission Airport, AK (RSH/PARS), United States of America
Destination airport:Marshall Airport, AK (MLL/PADM), United States of America
A Cessna 208B Grand Caravan EX (N752RV), operated by Hageland Aviation Services, was damaged beyond repair when it crashed near Russian Mission Airport, Alaska, following a mid-air collision with a Piper PA-18 Super Cub. All three on board the Caravan and both occupants of the Piper PA-18 received fatal injuries.
The Cessna 208B departed from Russian Mission Airport about 09:58, destined for the Marshall Airport, Alaska. The Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub (N82452) was operated by Renfro's Alaskan Adventures and had departed Bethel Airport about 09:07, en route to a hunting camp about 20 miles northwest of Russian Mission.
A visibility study conducted by the NTSb indicated that the Cessna and the Piper would have initially appeared as relatively small, slow-moving objects in each pilot's windows. About 10 seconds before the collision, the airplanes would have begun to appear to grow in size suddenly.
The Cessna's outboard left wing initially impacted the Piper's right wing forward strut while in level cruise flight at 1760 feet. A portion of the Cessna's outboard left wing and a portion of the outboard left horizontal stabilizer broke off. The right wing of the Piper was severed in the collision. Both aircraft crashed about 0.5 mile apart, in an area of rolling hills with heavy vegetation about 10 feet tall populated with various alder trees, spruce trees, and birch trees.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The failure of both pilots to see and avoid each other while in level cruise flight, which resulted in a midair collision."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 6 months
Accident number: ANC16FA061A
Download report: Final report



photo of Cessna-208B-Grand-Caravan-EX-N752RV
accident date: 31-08-2016
type: Cessna 208B Grand Caravan EX
registration: N752RV
photo of Cessna-208B-Grand-Caravan-EX-N752RV
accident date: 31-08-2016
type: Cessna 208B Grand Caravan EX
registration: N752RV
photo of Cessna-208B-Grand-Caravan-EX-N752RV
visibility at 1 second before the collision

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 Russian Mission Airport, AK to Marshall Airport, AK as the crow flies is 38 km (24 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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