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Last updated: 8 August 2020
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Thursday 17 October 2019
Type:Silhouette image of generic SB20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Saab 2000
Operator:PenAir - Peninsula Airways
Registration: N686PA
C/n / msn: 017
First flight: 1995-04-09 (24 years 7 months)
Engines: 2 Allison AE2100A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 39
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 42
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Unalaska-Tom Madsen Airport, AK (DUT) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Anchorage-Ted Stevens International Airport, AK (ANC/PANC), United States of America
Destination airport:Unalaska-Tom Madsen Airport, AK (DUT/PADU), United States of America
A Saab 2000, registered N686PA, was substantially damaged when it experienced a runway excursion after landing on runway 13 at Unalaska Airport, Alaska.
The aircraft departed Anchorage, Alaska, USA at 15:15 hours local time, bound for Unalaska. As the flight descended towards Unalaska, it was cleared for the RNAV runway 13 approach. During the descent and approach the wind changed from 210 degrees at 8 knots, gusting to 14 knots, to 180 degrees at 7 knots. During the approach, the winds were reported as 270 degrees at 10 knots.
A go-around was executed as the aircraft was not stabilized on the approach, The flight returned for a visual approach to runway 13. Winds increased and during the second approach the controller reported winds of 300 degrees at 24 knots.
At 17:40 the aircraft touched down about 1,000 feet down the 4,500 feet long runway and the captain initiated reverse thrust and normal wheel-braking. The captain stated that he went to maximum braking around the 80 knot call. The flight crew reported that they attempted to steer the airplane to the right at the end of the runway to avoid going into the water.
The airplane then departed the runway and overrun area, traversed a section of grass, impacted a 3- to 4-ft high chain-linked perimeter fence with evidence of left engine propeller contact, crossed a ditch, impacted a large rock, and crossed a public roadway. The left wing or left engine propeller struck a 4 to 5 ft vertical signal post on the opposite shoulder of the road and the left propeller struck a 6 to 8-ft high yellow diamond shaped road sign. The left hand prop shattered, sending pieces into and through the fuselage. One propeller blade was found inside the fuselage.
Two people were critically injured. One passenger died of injuries the next day.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation ongoing
Accident number: DCA20MA002

Runway excursion

» NTSB update

METAR Weather report:
00:56 UTC / 16:56 local time:
PADU 180056Z 31011KT 10SM FEW034 BKN047 BKN060 07/01 A2950 RMK AO2 SLP995 T00720011

01:56 UTC / 17:56 local time:
PADU 180156Z 30021G27KT 5SM -RA BKN039 06/02 A2953 RMK AO2 PK WND 30027/0154 RAB41 SLP004 P0002 T00560017

02:56 UTC / 18:56 local time:
PADU 180256Z 25004KT 10SM BKN035 BKN044 BKN120 07/02 A2952 RMK AO2 RAE14 SLP002 ACSL NE P0002 60004 T00670017 53003

23:56 UTC / 14:56 local time:
PADU 172356Z 31006KT 10SM BKN036 BKN044 07/01 A2951 RMK AO2 RAB12E25 SLP999 P0000 60000 T00670011 10083 20056 53005


photo of Saab-2000-N686PA
accident date: 17-10-2019
type: Saab 2000
registration: N686PA
photo of Saab-2000-N686PA
accident date: 17-10-2019
type: Saab 2000
registration: N686PA
photo of Saab-2000-N686PA
accident date: 17-10-2019
type: Saab 2000
registration: N686PA

Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
9 April 1995 SE-017 Saab first flight
12 June 1995 V7-9508 Air Marshall Islands
March 1998 V7-9508 Air Vanuatu
11 April 2000 F-GJIG Regional Airlines
22 June 2000 LX-DBR Europe Air Charter
29 Oct. 2001 F-GOAJ Air Jet
23 December 2004 SE-017 Saab
10 Apr 2005 N519JG Joe Gibbs Racing registered
10 May 2016 N686PA PenAir registered

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 Anchorage-Ted Stevens International Airport, AK to Unalaska-Tom Madsen Airport, AK as the crow flies is 1261 km (788 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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