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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 133662
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Date:05-SEP-1998
Time:15:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic C170 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 170B
Owner/operator:Craig M. Dominick
Registration: N4368M
C/n / msn: 26685
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Port Alsworth, AK -   United States of America
Phase: Taxi
Nature:Training
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
On September 5, 1998, about 1500 Alaska daylight time, a Cessna 170B airplane, N4368M, was destroyed when it nosed over during landing at an off airport landing site 40 miles northwest of Port Alsworth, Alaska. The solo student pilot was not injured. The flight was conducted under 14 CFR Part 91 as a student solo cross country training flight. The flight departed from Nikiski, Alaska, about 1130, for Port Alsworth. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed.

The pilot told the NTSB investigator-in-charge during a telephone interview on September 9, that during the flight he encountered repeated episodes of carburetor icing, which cleared up with application of carburetor heat. He decided to land on a ridgetop off airport landing site to inspect the airplane's carburetor heat control, and drain some fuel. The pilot reported winds to be light and variable. During taxi after landing, the airplane's tires struck a rut, the pilot applied brakes, and the airplane nosed over. Fuel ran out of the fuel tank vents onto the engine, and the airplane immediately caught fire. The fire destroyed the airplane.

The pilot indicated that he retrieved some survival equipment from the airplane before it was consumed, but was unable to reach the Emergency Locator Transmitter. The following day he saw some hunters, who ferried him to Port Alsworth.
PROBABLE CAUSE:The solo student pilot's excessive application of brakes during taxi from landing. Factors associated with the accident were the pilot's selection of unsuitable terrain for a precautionary landing, rough terrain, and the fuel leak from the fuel tank vent.

Sources:

NTSB id 20001211X10975


Revision history:

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21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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