Sunday, March 14, 2021

Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, N407GV: Accident occurred March 12, 2021 at Chevak Airport (PAVA), 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; Anchorage, Alaska

Grant Aviation

Avion Capital Corporation

Location: Chevak, AK
Accident Number: ANC21LA025
Date & Time: March 12, 2021, 16:46 Local
Registration: N407GV
Aircraft: Cessna 208B 
Injuries: 4 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air taxi & commuter - Scheduled

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N407GV
Model/Series: 208B 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand air taxi (135)
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: 
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: PACZ,479 ft msl
Observation Time: 16:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 19 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -8°C /-10°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 34 knots / 42 knots, 140°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 0.5 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.31 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Chevak, AK 
Destination: Bethel, AK (BET)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 3 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 61.537846,-165.60223 (est)

A Grant Aviation plane was damaged near the runway in Chevak. The incident occurred on Friday, March 12 shortly after 5:00 p.m.

“We’re not using the term ‘crash’ just to let you know,” said Grant Aviation Vice President of Operations Dan Knesek. “It is off the side of the runway, and just because it’s off the side, it just tipped a little. It’s tipped onto the one left wing.”

Knesek declined to provide further comment at the time. He said he was in the midst of dealing with the incident’s aftermath.

Chevak Vice Mayor Ulrich Ulroan said that the left wing of the plane is damaged. He said that passengers had already gotten off the plane in Chevak, and the incident occurred as the plane was attempting to take off. He said there were strong crosswinds at the time of takeoff.

Ulroan heard that there were no injuries associated with the incident. It is unclear if there were other passengers in the plane with the pilot at the time the incident occurred.


  1. Crash? maybe not but"Mishap"...Sounds a little more concise than "tipped"...

  2. “Tipped a little”. Really? If that’s tipped a little, what does tipped a lot look like. Winds 34 G42 and a half mile.