Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Landing Area Undershoot: Douglas DC-3C, N59314; accident occurred July 31, 2019 at Drift River Airport (3AK5), Kenai, Alaska

View of damaged fuselage from underneath. 
Federal Aviation Administration

 View of fuselage damage looking aft. 
Federal Aviation Administration

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


Location: Kenai, AK
Accident Number: GAA19CA492
Date & Time: 07/31/2019, 1755 AKD
Registration: N59314
Aircraft: Douglas DC3C
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing area undershoot
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Business 

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during approach, he encountered a downdraft and the tailwheel landed short of the runway threshold, struck a ditch, and impacted a runway light.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

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

The pilot reported that the wind was a "22+ knot front left quartering crosswind and gusting."

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Commercial; Flight Engineer
Age: 61, 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: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 07/01/2019
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/28/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 10000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 2000 hours (Total, this make and model), 7000 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 75 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 20 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Co-Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 44, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Unknown
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane; Helicopter
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 11/13/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/29/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 7100 hours (Total, all aircraft), 4590 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 60 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 40 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Douglas
Registration: N59314
Model/Series: DC3C A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1943
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Transport
Serial Number: 12363
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tailwheel
Seats: 3
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  AAIP
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 26900 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 2 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 24287.7 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: P&W
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: R-1830-90D
Registered Owner: Tiernan, Barton M.
Rated Power: 1200 hp
Operator: Bush Air Cargo, Inc.
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand Air Taxi (135)
Operator Does Business As: Bush Air Fuel
Operator Designator Code: 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PAEN, 92 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 27 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0153 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 91°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 16 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 220°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.95 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 14°C / 10°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point:Kenai, AK (ENA) 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR/IFR
Destination: Kenai, AK (3AK5)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1755 AKD
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: DRIFT RIVER (3AK5)
Runway Surface Type: Gravel
Airport Elevation: 30 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 23
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4100 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 60.589444, -152.157500 (est)

1 comment:

  1. Repairs were made and the aircraft was returned to service. Other interesting info on similar at the link.



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