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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 146415
Last updated: 1 December 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B190 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 1900C
Owner/operator:Alaska Central Express Inc
Registration: N111AX
MSN: UC-81
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:15 nm miles from the Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport (PASI), Sitka, AK -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Juneau, AK (PAJN)
Destination airport:Sitka, AK (PASI)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The captain, who was the non-flying pilot, reported that he altered their course to avoid thunderstorm activity. Once clear of the thunderstorms, they flew direct to the initial instrument approach fix. During the instrument approach to land, the flight crew saw a build up of static electricity, known as St. Elmo's fire, near the nose of the airplane. The first officer reported that the light from the static electricity was very bright, and he decided to keep his eyes focused on the instruments. Shortly thereafter, lightning struck the nose of the airplane and the associated flash temporarily blinded the captain. The first officer continued to fly the approach without difficulty. Once the captain regained his sight, he took the flight controls and completed the landing. During a postaccident inspection of the airplane, the flight crew discovered substantial damage to the right elevator.
Probable Cause: A lightning strike which resulted in substantial damage to the elevator.


FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 8 months
Download report: Final report
Other occurrences involving this aircraft

17 Dec 2007 N111AX Alaska Central Express 0 Aniak, AK non
24 May 2012 N111AX Alaska Central Express Inc. 0 McGrath, AK (Nixon Fork Mine) sub



Photo of N111AX courtesy

Anchorage - Ted Stevens International (PANC / ANC)
2 May 2009; (c) F Seggie

Revision history:

20-Jun-2012 18:13 Geno Added
26-Sep-2012 07:32 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type, Source]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
26-Nov-2017 18:36 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
02-Jan-2019 19:14 aaronwk Updated [Destination airport, Source]

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