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Fecha:martes 27 abril 1999
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic DHC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter
Operador:40-Mile Air
Registración: N3125N
Numéro de série: 394
Año de Construcción: 1960
Motores: 1 Shvetsov ASh-62IR-M18
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 1
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 1
Total:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 2
Daños en la Aeronave: Considerable
Consecuencias: Repaired
Ubicación:21 km (13.1 milles) NNE of Healy, AK (   Estados Unidos de América)
Fase: Aterrizaje (LDG)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Doméstico No Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:Fairbanks International Airport, AK (FAI/PAFA), Estados Unidos de América
Aeropuerto de Llegada:?
The DHC-3 airplane, N3125N, sustained substantial damage during a landing on a remote airstrip, north-northeast of Healy, Alaska. The occupants were not injured. The pilot was transporting building supplies and workers to the area. The airstrip, known as Daniels Strip, is oriented east/west, and is about 1,500 feet long and about 10 feet wide. The pilot said the airstrip is a one-way airstrip, with landings performed toward the west. The strip is flat for about half of the length, and then proceeds uphill. The pilot said on the third landing of the day, he touched down on the strip on the main landing gear. Before the tail wheel touched down, a gust of wind pushed the airplane off the left side of the strip. The leading edge of the left wing struck a tree, damaging the wing tip and wing nose ribs. The pilot said a tail wind was present, about 15 knots from 090 degrees.

Probable Cause:

Probable cause: The pilot's selection of an unsafe/hazardous area for landing. Factors in the accident were the presence of a tail wind, the pilot's inadequate evaluation of the wind conditions, and a narrow airstrip.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 11 months
Accident number: ANC99LA057
Download report: Final report
Language: English



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