Tuesday, December 17, 2019

de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver, N1544: Accidents occurred October 07, 2019 and January 24, 2018 in Kodiak, Alaska

Runway and Airplane




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 Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf 


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms 
  
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
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled 

On January 24, 2018, about 1220 Alaska standard time, a tailwheel equipped 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 on-demand visual flight rules flight when the accident occurred. 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 approximately 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." He then added power in an attempt to gain control of the airplane. Subsequently, the airplane exited the unimproved airstrip to the right, traveled through alder bushes and small spruce trees, and came to rest against a dirt embankment. The right wing came to rest against the terrain and the right main landing gear separated from the gear box, resulting in substantial damage. The pilot stated that prior to the accident flight, the brake system had been flushed and bled due to two brake failures earlier in the day.

The owner stated that the pilot had reported a "soft brake" on the left side on the previous flight. When the airplane was inspected by maintenance personnel, the brake system was bled and water was observed within the purged fluid. The owner further stated that during the summer, the brake cylinders were left in place while the airplane was on floats and suspected this may have been how the water entered the brake system. Prior to the airplane being operated on wheels, the hydraulic fluid was flushed from the system to ensure any water was removed.

During the removal of the landing gear components for recovery of the airplane, the brake system was compromised, and no fluid was retained for testing for possible contamination.

The closest official weather observation station 22 miles away 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.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 56, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied:Left 
Other Aircraft Rating(s):None 
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s):Airplane 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 07/01/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/29/2017
Flight Time:  18641 hours (Total, all aircraft), 12800 hours (Total, this make and model), 141 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: DEHAVILLAND
Registration: N1544
Model/Series: BEAVER DHC 2 NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1958
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 1230
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats:
Date/Type of Last Inspection:
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines:
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer:
ELT:
Engine Model/Series:
Registered Owner: ANDREW AIRWAYS INC
Rated Power:
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
Distance from Accident Site: 22 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2053 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 174°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:   10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 16 knots / 32 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction: 280°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.75 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: -6°C / -15°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: KODIAK, AK (ADQ)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Destination: Kodiak, AK
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1200 AKS
Type of Airspace: Class G 

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)

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)

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage 

October 07, 2019:  Aircraft lost control on landing. 

https://registry.faa.gov/N1544

Date: 07-OCT-19
Time: 22:30:00Z
Regis#: N1544
Aircraft Make: DE HAVILLAND
Aircraft Model: DHC2
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: KODIAK
State: 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 

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)

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

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


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

  
https://registry.faa.gov/N1544

Location: Kodiak, AK
Accident Number: GAA20CA007
Date & Time: 10/07/2019, 1410 AKD
Registration: N1544
Aircraft: De Havilland BEAVER DHC 2
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Positioning 

The pilot of the float-equipped airplane reported that, during a landing on a glassy river, as he was rolling the wings level, he felt the left float touch the water. The airplane yawed to the left, went up the river bank, and slid on the tundra.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing lift strut.

The pilot reported that there were no pre-accident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor
Age: 44, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No 
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 02/14/2019
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/16/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 8173 hours (Total, all aircraft), 238 hours (Total, this make and model), 7978 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 231 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 52 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: De Havilland
Registration: N1544
Model/Series: BEAVER DHC 2 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1958
Amateur Built:No 
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 1230
Landing Gear Type: Float
Seats: 7
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 09/30/2019, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 5370 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 31302.2 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: P&W
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: R985
Registered Owner: Andrew Airways Inc
Rated Power: 450 hp
Operator: Andrew Airways Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand Air Taxi (135) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PAKH, 43 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2156 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 183°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 12 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 240°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.38 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C / 1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Larson Bay, AK
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Destination: Kodiak, AK
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1357 ADT
Type of Airspace:Class G  

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: 56.938611, -154.182500 (est)
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Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage, Alaska

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


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

  
https://registry.faa.gov/N1544

Location: Kodiak, AK
Accident Number: GAA20CA007
Date & Time: 10/07/2019, 1410 AKD
Registration: N1544
Aircraft: De Havilland BEAVER DHC 2
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Positioning 

The pilot of the float-equipped airplane reported that, during a landing on a glassy river, as he was rolling the wings level, he felt the left float touch the water. The airplane yawed to the left, went up the river bank, and slid on the tundra.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing lift strut.

The pilot reported that there were no pre-accident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor
Age: 44, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No 
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 02/14/2019
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/16/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 8173 hours (Total, all aircraft), 238 hours (Total, this make and model), 7978 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 231 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 52 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: De Havilland
Registration: N1544
Model/Series: BEAVER DHC 2 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1958
Amateur Built:No 
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 1230
Landing Gear Type: Float
Seats: 7
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 09/30/2019, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 5370 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 31302.2 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: P&W
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: R985
Registered Owner: Andrew Airways Inc
Rated Power: 450 hp
Operator: Andrew Airways Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand Air Taxi (135) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PAKH, 43 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2156 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 183°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 12 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 240°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.38 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C / 1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Larson Bay, AK
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Destination: Kodiak, AK
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1357 ADT
Type of Airspace:Class G  

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: 56.938611, -154.182500 (est)

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 

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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