Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Cessna 140, N77219: Accident occurred April 25, 2021 in Anchorage, 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 Location: Anchorage, AK
Accident Number: ANC21LA033
Date & Time: April 25, 2021, 18:28 Local
Registration: N77219
Aircraft: Cessna 140 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On April 25, 2021, about 1828 Alaska daylight time, a Cessna 140, N77219, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near the Birchwood Airport, Birchwood, Alaska. The private pilot and the passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that the cross-country flight originated at the Birchwood Airport (BCV) with stops at Quartz Creek Airport (JLA), Cooper Landing, Alaska and a planned fuel stop at the Homer Airport (HOM) Homer, Alaska. While in Homer, 13 gallons of fuel was added before departing at 1633 for BCV with a total of 15 gallons of fuel onboard. (See Figure 1 – Preliminary flight track for last leg of
accident flight).

Before reducing the engine power and initiating the descent into BCV, the pilot applied the carburetor heat, which remained on throughout the entire descent and the traffic pattern for runway 20L. After lining up on the final approach to landing and nearing the runway, he was unhappy with the approach, and elected to conduct a go-around by simultaneously pushing the carburetor heat to “cold” and applying full power, prior to reducing the flap setting. He accelerated to 60 kts airspeed and initiated a climb. When the airplane was about 100 ft above the treetops on the south end of the airport, the engine lost all power. He lowered the nose and banked the airplane towards an area of tidal mud flats. During the descent he attempted to restart the engine to no avail. The airplane touchdown in an area of muskeg and bounced several times before it nosed-over sustaining substantial damage to the left lift strut.

The airplane was equipped with a Continental C-85 engine. The gascolator was drained and a very small amount of contaminants consistent with sand and a few drops of liquid consistent with water were found. A post-accident wreckage examination revealed no other mechanical irregularities or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N77219
Model/Series: 140 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PABV,96 ft msl 
Observation Time: 17:56 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 12°C /-4°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 270°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.86 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Homer, AK 
Destination: Anchorage, AK

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 61.409106,-149.52749

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