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Date:Thursday 20 March 1986
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-4A Caribou
Operator:Woods Air Service
Registration: N539Y
MSN: 197
First flight: 1964
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2000-7M2
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Lime Village, AK (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Palmer Municipal Airport, AK (PAQ/PAAQ), United States of America
Destination airport:Lime Village Airport, AK (LVD), United States of America
The aircraft pitched up, rolled left, crashed into trees and caught fire.

Probable Cause:

- Airspeed(Vs)..Improper..Pilot in command
- Stall..Inadvertent..Pilot in command
Contributing Factors
- In-flight planning/decision..Improper..Pilot in command
- Altitude..Inadequate..Pilot in command
- Go-around..Attempted..Pilot in command

Loss of control

» ICAO Adrep Summary 5/88 (#24)


photo of DHC-4A-Caribou-N539Y
accident date: 20-03-1986
type: de Havilland Canada DHC-4A Caribou
registration: N539Y

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 Palmer Municipal Airport, AK to Lime Village Airport, AK as the crow flies is 336 km (210 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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