Loss of control Accident Helio H-295 N295SC, 16 May 2009
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 286982
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Time:11:50 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic COUR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Helio H-295
Owner/operator:Alaska Flyers
Registration: N295SC
MSN: 1461
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Kaktovic, Alaska -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Fairbanks International Airport, AK (FAI/PAFA)
Destination airport:Kaktovic, AK
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The airline transport pilot was on a Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 passenger flight, and was landing on a snow-covered glacier surrounded by mountains. During the approach to the glacier, the pilot said she encountered a strong downdraft as the airplane passed a ridge line. The airplane descended below her anticipated approach path, and she initiated a go-around, but the airplane continued to descend, and landed hard, about 200 feet short of the intended touchdown point. During touchdown, the airplane's right main landing gear axle broke, which pivoted the airplane to the right. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left side of the fuselage. In the pilot's written statement to the NTSB, she reported that there were no preaccident mechanical problems with the airplane. She indicated that the surface wind on the glacier itself was light and variable, in contrast to the downdraft she encountered. She said that during subsequent approaches to the same site, she has altered her landing approaches to minimize the exposure to downdrafts, and increased the approach altitude, which would allow for a go-around if required.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain control of the airplane after an in-flight encounter with a downdraft while landing in mountainous terrain, and her decision to fly at an altitude where such an encounter made a successful recovery unlikely.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 12 months
Download report: Final report
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20 Jun 2012 N295SC Jago River Holdings Llc 0 Airstrip in Happy Valley, AK sub


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