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Status:Final
Date:Thursday 24 April 1975
Time:12:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Britten-Norman BN-2A Islander
Operator:Munz Northern Airlines
Registration: N591JA
MSN: 57
First flight: 1969-03-06 (6 years 2 months)
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Tin City Airport, AK (TNC) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Nome Airport, AK (OME/PAOM), United States of America
Destination airport:Tin City Airport, AK (TNC/PATC), United States of America
Narrative:
The aircraft hit a steep bluff short of the runway due to downdrafts gusting to 30 kts.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
pilot in command - misjudged distance and altitude
pilot in command - continued VFR flight into adverse weather conditions
pilot in command - delayed in initiating go-around
weather - downdraft,updrafts
FACTORS:
weather - snow
terrain - high obstructions

Sources:
» NTSB
» Thomas Brügge
» World Directory of Airliner Crashes


Photos

photo of BN-2A-Islander-N591JA
accident date: 24-04-1975
type: Britten-Norman BN-2A Islander
registration: N591JA
photo of BN-2A-Islander-N591JA
accident date: 24-04-1975
type: Britten-Norman BN-2A Islander
registration: N591JA
photo of BN-2A-Islander-N591JA
accident date: 24-04-1975
type: Britten-Norman BN-2A Islander
registration: N591JA
photo of BN-2A-Islander-N591JA
accident date: 24-04-1975
type: Britten-Norman BN-2A Islander
registration: N591JA
 

Map
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 Nome Airport, AK to Tin City Airport, AK as the crow flies is 164 km (102 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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