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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 232807
Last updated: 14 November 2020
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Date:06-FEB-2020
Time:11:10 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic P32R model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-32R-300 Cherokee Lance
Owner/operator:Yute Commuter Service
Registration: N7632C
C/n / msn: 32R-7680054
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:near Kuskokwim, Tuntutuliak, AK -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger
Departure airport:Bethel Airport, AK (BET/PABE)
Destination airport:Kipnuk Airport, AK (KPN/PAKI)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
Yute Commuter Service Flight TN7632C, a Piper PA-32R-300 airplane, N7632C, sustained substantial damage during impact with terrain about 12 miles west of Tuntutuliak Airport (A61), Alaska. The commercial pilot and four passengers were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a scheduled visual flight rules (VFR) commuter flight. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the departure and arrival airports at the time of the accident, and a company flight plan was filed. The flight originated from Bethel Airport (PABE), Alaska, about 1040, and was destined for Kipnuk Airport (PAKI), Alaska.
The pilot was conducting a scheduled flight from PABE to PAKI, then Chefornak Airport (PACK) and back to PABE with mail and passengers. The first flight segment was about 100 nautical miles (nm) to the southwest coastal village of Kipnuk. According to the company flight following log, the pilot called outbound at 10:34. A pilot from another company stated that the accident airplane departed right before his airplane under a special VFR departure clearance and the cloud ceiling was 600 ft overcast.

In a preliminary report, the NTSB stated that the airplane was not equipped with a tracking device, functional ADS-B, recorder devices or a GPS with non-volatile memory. The Bethel area does not have air traffic control radar services,
therefore, there is no available track information for the flight.

The pilot began initial training with Paklook Air on January 7, 2020, with total flight time of 611 hours. He completed a pilot competency check ride on January 27 and initial operating experience requirements on January 30. The accident flight was his fourth line flight and he had accumulated 30 hours in the accident airplane make and model before the accident.

Sources:

https://www.kyuk.org/post/plane-carrying-five-people-crashes-near-tuntutuliak
https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/aviation/2020/02/07/rescuers-responding-to-plane-crash-near-bethel/
https://www.ktuu.com/content/news/Troopers-investigate-plane-crash-near-Tuntutuliak-567641841.html
https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20200206X34831
https://yutebethel.com


Images:


Photo: NTSB

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
06-Feb-2020 23:38 Captain Adam Added
07-Feb-2020 03:03 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Source, Narrative]
07-Feb-2020 03:35 Geno Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
07-Feb-2020 07:20 harro Updated [Aircraft type]
07-Feb-2020 07:21 harro Updated [Operator, Source]
07-Feb-2020 08:33 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Damage, Narrative]
07-Feb-2020 15:03 harro Updated [Registration, Cn, Source]
07-Feb-2020 16:37 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
10-Feb-2020 02:40 Captain Adam Updated [Location, Narrative]
26-Feb-2020 18:05 harro Updated [Time, Source, Narrative, Photo]

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