Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Douglas C54E-DC (DC-4), N96358: Incident occurred October 10, 2020 at Yakataga Airport (0AA1), Alaska

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Juneau, Alaska

Aircraft had limited braking on grass runway and overran runway. 

Alaska Air Fuel Inc

Date: 10-OCT-20
Time: 23:25:00Z
Regis#: N96358
Aircraft Model: DC4
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)

A plane overran a runway at Cape Yakataga on Saturday, October 10th, said Federal Aviation Administration airway transportation systems specialist Rick Sudano.

Images of the scene show damage to the Douglas DC-4 cargo plane’s nose, with the front landing-gear wheel detached and lying on the grass nearby. Although the plane was carrying fuel, there was apparently no fuel spillage as a result of the accident. 

On October 6th, after the unpaved airstrip was damaged in a separate event, the FAA issued a notice warning pilots against landing at a weight of over 5,000 pounds and without high-flotation landing gear suitable for use on soft surfaces. Under these conditions, an aircraft that would have been capable of landing at the Cape Yakataga airstrip under normal conditions could end up running off the runway due to being too heavily laden.

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