Saturday, October 1, 2016

Bellanca 7GCBC, N8922: Accident occurred October 01, 2016 at Fairbanks International Airport (PAFA), Alaska

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA001
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, October 01, 2016 in Fairbanks, AK
Aircraft: BELLANCA 7GCBC, registration: N8922

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Fairbanks FSDO-01


Date: 01-OCT-16
Time: 21:46:00Z
Regis#: N8922
Aircraft Make: CHAMPION
Aircraft Model: 7GCBC
Event Type: Accident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Substantial
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
State: Alaska

FAIRBANKS—A small plane crashed while landing at Fairbanks International Airport this afternoon, but neither the pilot nor passenger was injured.

According to airport police Deputy Chief Aaron Danielson, the single-engine tail-dragger Citabria was landing on the gravel-covered ski strip when a gust of wind flipped it.

"He was about to touch down, the tail came over the head and it landed on its roof," Danielson said.

Airport police and fire crews helped right the aircraft and cleaned up a small amount of fuel that spilled. The ski strip was shut down for about two hours, but the commercial runways remained open, Danielson said.

Danielson credits the plane's slow speed and "good restraint gear" for the lack of injuries.

The plane was significantly damaged in the crash.


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