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Date:Friday 1 November 1985
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208 Caravan I
Operator:Hermens Air
Registration: N9241F
MSN: 20800006
First flight: 1985
Total airframe hrs:860
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Bethel Airport, AK (BET) (   United States of America)
Crash site elevation: 37 m (121 feet) amsl
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Bethel Airport, AK (BET/PABE), United States of America
Destination airport:Chevak Airport, AK (VAK/PAVA), United States of America
Flightnumber: 36
A total loss of power was experienced on takeoff from runway 18 due to the fuel selectors being in the off position. the pilot attempted to restart the engine during which time the aircraft entered a stall and collided with the terrain. According to passengers the pilot did not use a checklist nor were the passengers briefed before the flight.

Probable Cause:

"In-flight planning/decision .. poor .. pilot in command
Fuel tank selector position .. improper .. pilot in command
Airspeed .. not maintained .. pilot in command
Diverted attention .. pilot in command
Checklist .. not followed .. pilot in command
Overconfidence in personal ability .. pilot in command"

Fuel starvation
All engine powerloss
Loss of control



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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 Bethel Airport, AK to Chevak Airport, AK as the crow flies is 217 km (136 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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