Mid-air collision Accident Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub N82452, 31 Aug 2016
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 189749
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub
Owner/operator:Renfro's Alaskan Adventures, Inc.
Registration: N82452
MSN: 18-7809139
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:3
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:6.5 mi WNW of Russian Mission Airport, AK -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Bethel, AK (BET)
Destination airport:Marshall, AK
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
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.


FAA register: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=N82452

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


Photo: NTSB

Revision history:

31-Aug-2016 23:26 Geno Added
31-Aug-2016 23:33 Geno Updated [Other fatalities, Narrative]
01-Sep-2016 07:32 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Location, Damage, Narrative]
01-Sep-2016 09:03 Iceman 29 Updated [Source]
01-Sep-2016 14:52 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Nature, Source]
11-Sep-2016 16:46 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
02-Mar-2019 14:46 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Accident report, ]
03-Mar-2019 11:54 harro Updated [Nature, Source, Narrative, Photo]
03-Mar-2019 12:00 harro Updated [Photo]
05-Aug-2020 14:17 Captain Adam Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Source, Accident report, ]

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