ASN Aircraft accident de Havilland Canada DHC-3T Vazar Turbine Otter N87AW Bettles Field, AK
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Saturday 28 May 2011
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH3T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-3T Vazar Turbine Otter
Operator:Alaska West Air
Registration: N87AW
MSN: 52
First flight: 1954
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-34AG
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:128 km (80 mls) NW of Bettles Field, AK (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Coldfoot Airport, AK (CXF/PACX), United States of America
Destination airport:?
The pilot was landing at a remote, private airstrip. He said the landing area was soft, and as the airplane touched down it veered to the left. His efforts to abort the landing with the runway remaining was unsuccessful. The airplane exited the right side of the landing area and collided with a fuel tank farm. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing, aileron, and the fuselage. The pilot said there were no mechanical malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's selection of unsuitable terrain for the landing, which resulted in a loss of directional control."

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 129 days (4 months)
Accident number: ANC11LA048
Download report: Summary report

Runway excursion (veer-off)


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