ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-54G-15-DO (DC-4) N811E Point Lay-Dew Station Airport, AK (PIZ)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Friday 8 October 1993
Time:17:35 ADT
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54G-15-DO (DC-4)
Operator:Brooks Air Fuel
Registration: N811E
MSN: 36080
First flight: 1945
Total airframe hrs:28585
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2000-4
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Point Lay-Dew Station Airport, AK (PIZ) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Fairbanks International Airport, AK (FAI/PAFA), United States of America
Destination airport:Point Lay-Dew Station Airport, AK (PIZ/PPIZ), United States of America
When landing on the 3500 feet runway, braking action was nil due to ice on the runway. The captain steered the DC-4 to a dry patch on the left side of the runway. The aircraft veered left when entering the dry patch and ran off the runway. Minimum landing distance on a dry hard runway surface is 4500 feet.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot-in-command's failure to perform proper pre-flight planning by not computing the required landing runway length."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 2 months
Accident number: ANC94LA009
Download report: Summary report

Runway excursion

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photo of Douglas-C-54G-N811E
accident date: 08-10-1993
type: Douglas C-54G (DC-4)
registration: N811E

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 Point Lay-Dew Station Airport, AK as the crow flies is 839 km (525 miles).

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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