Thursday, January 25, 2018

de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver, N1544: Accident occurred January 24, 2018 in Kodiak, Alaska

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Ketchikan, Alaska

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf 

Andrew Airways Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N1544

Location: Kodiak, AK
Accident Number: ANC18LA025
Date & Time: 01/24/2018, 1220 AKS
Registration: N1544
Aircraft: DEHAVILLAND BEAVER DHC 2
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled 

On January 24, 2018, about 1220 Alaska standard time, a DeHavilland DHC-2 airplane, N1544, sustained substantial damage following a loss of directional control while landing on an unimproved airstrip, near Kazakof Bay on Afognak Island, Alaska. The airplane was registered to and operated by Andrew Airways Incorporated as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 135 visual flight rules flight. The commercial pilot sustained no injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and company flight following procedures were in effect. The flight departed Kodiak Airport (PADQ), Kodiak, Alaska about 1200 for the roughly 23 nautical mile flight to Kazakof Bay.

According to the pilot, after overflying the unimproved airstrip, he landed to the west into an estimated 7 knot wind. The touchdown was normal, however when he applied the brakes during the ground roll, the airplane "veered hard to the right." The airplane departed the right side of the airstrip, collided with alder bushes and small spruce trees, and came to rest against a dirt embankment. The right main landing gear separated from the gear box which resulted in substantial damage to the fuselage.

The closest official weather observation station is PADQ. At 1153, a METAR was reporting, in part, wind 280° at 16 knots, gusting 32 knots; visibility 10 statute miles; clouds and ceiling clear; temperature 21° F; dew point 5° F; altimeter 29.76 inches of Mercury. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: DEHAVILLAND
Registration: N1544
Model/Series: BEAVER DHC 2 NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: ANDREW AIRWAYS INC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Commuter Air Carrier (135)
Operator Does Business As:
Operator Designator Code: D4NA 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PADQ, 80 ft msl
Observation Time: 2053 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 22 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -6°C / -15°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 16 knots/ 32 knots, 280°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.75 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Departure Point: KODIAK, AK (ADQ)
Destination: Kodiak, AK

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries:  1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  58.117778, -152.553056 (est)

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