Tuesday, October 13, 2020

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

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

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

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

Alaska Air Fuel Inc 

Location: Yakataga, AK 
Accident Number: ANC21LA001
Date & Time: October 10, 2020, 15:25 Local 
Registration: N96358
Aircraft: Douglas C54
Injuries: 2 None
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Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Douglas 
Registration: N96358
Model/Series: C54 EDC 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s)Held: Other operator of large aircraft
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Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Departure Point: Kenai, AK (PAEN) 
Destination: Yakataga, AK

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
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Aircraft Fire: None
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Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 59.9935,-141.84587 (est)

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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