Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Air Tractor AT-802, Artic One LLC, N802CE: Accident occurred June 06, 2016 in Fairbanks, Alaska

Kathryn's Report: http://www.kathrynsreport.com

ARTIC ONE LLC:   http://registry.faa.gov/N802CE

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Fairbanks FSDO-01

NTSB Identification: ANC16LA029
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, June 06, 2016 in Fairbanks, AK
Aircraft: AIR TRACTOR INC AT 802, registration: N802CE
Injuries: 1 Minor.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On June 6, 2016, about 1530 Alaska daylight time, an Air Tractor AT 802 airplane, N802CE, lost engine power while en route to Fairbanks, Alaska, and collided with trees and steep, rocky terrain during a forced landing near the Murphy Dome Air Force Station, about 22 miles northwest of Fairbanks. The commercial pilot sustained minor injuries, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to, Arctic One, LLC, Fairbanks, and operated by, Everts Air Fuel, Inc., Fairbanks, as a visual flight rules (VFR) flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and company flight following procedures were in effect. The flight originated from the Rampart Airport (RMP) in Rampart, Alaska, about 1500. 

During an interview with the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge on June 8, the pilot reported that the purpose of the flight was to transport fuel to RMP. He said that after unloading the fuel, he departed RMP and returned to the Fairbanks International Airport (FAI). About halfway to FAI, he reported the low fuel light illuminated in the cockpit. As the airplane approached FAI, the pilot contacted approach control for landing, and was in the process of setting up for a left base when he reported the engine lost power. The pilot attempted to restart the engine with no success; he reported the loss of engine power to approach control, and then attempted to land the airplane at the Murphy Dome Air Force Station. The pilot was unable to achieve a forced landing at the Murphy Dome Air Force Station, and landed the airplane in a remote area with trees and steep, rocky terrain, about 2 miles northwest of the Murphy Dome Air Force Station. The airplane subsequently struck several trees and rocky terrain during the landing and came to rest upright. The pilot reported that the fuel totalizing system in the cockpit calculated that the airplane should have landed at FAI with 90 gallons of fuel onboard the airplane.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage, both wings, and the empennage. 

The wreckage was recovered and transported to a secure facility for future examination of the airframe and engine.

The closest official weather observation station is located at FAI, about 20 miles southeast of the accident site. At 1453, an Aviation Routine Weather Report (METAR) was reporting, and stated in part: Wind variable at 3 knots; visibility 10 statute miles; clouds and sky condition, scattered clouds at 2400 feet, broken clouds at 5500 feet; temperature, 55 degrees F; dew point 45 degrees F; altimeter 29.70 inHg.

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