ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-47B-35-DK Dakota IVM N99663 Bettles Airport, AK (BTT)
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Date:Tuesday 30 October 1979
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-35-DK Dakota IVM
Operator:Frontier Flying Service
Registration: N99663
MSN: 33467/16719
First flight: 1945
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Bettles Airport, AK (BTT) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Fairbanks International Airport, AK (FAI/PAFA), United States of America
Destination airport:Bettles Airport, AK (BTT/PABT), United States of America
Visibility at Bettles was very poor due to blowing snow and a low ceiling. DC-3 N99663 was on finals during a localiser DME approach when it struck three parked aircraft 50 feet to the right of the runway.

Probable Cause:

pilot in command - improper IFR operation
weather - low ceiling
weather - fog
weather - snow



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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 Fairbanks International Airport, AK to Bettles Airport, AK as the crow flies is 285 km (178 miles).

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