Saturday, October 23, 2021

Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, N754KP: Accident occurred October 22, 2021 at Juneau International Airport (JNU), 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

Kalinin Partners LLC

Location: Juneau, Alaska 
Accident Number: ANC22LA003
Date and Time: October 22, 2021, 08:50 Local 
Registration: N754KP
Aircraft: Cessna 208B Injuries: 6 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air taxi and commuter - Scheduled

On October 22, 2021, about 0850 Alaska daylight time, a Cessna 208 Caravan, N754KP sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident at the Juneau Airport, Juneau, Alaska. The pilot and five passengers were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 scheduled passenger flight.

The pilot reported that, she completed a preflight inspection before taxiing from parking, making both left and right turns, to the active runway for departure. She then completed the before takeoff checks which included a flight control check and was cleared for takeoff on runway 8 from C intersection. Once on the runway, she increased engine power and the airplane began to accelerate down the centerline of the runway. Around rotational speed, the aircraft veered abruptly to the right. In an effort to correct for the veer she applied left pedal, but the pedal travel felt limited, and the airplane continued to the right toward a float pond that parallels the runway. Believing the distance to the float pond was not adequate to safely stop, she continued the takeoff, and once airborne maneuvered the airplane toward the runway for an emergency landing. Once the pilot determined that a safe landing could be made, she pulled the firewall shutoff, fuel shutoff and moved the master switch to the off position. During the emergency landing the right main landing gear and nose wheel collapsed, and the airplane sustained damage to both wings.

A passenger seated in the right front seat reported that his seat was moved aft, his feet were on the floor near the control pedestal with his knees pointed toward the passenger door, so as not to interfere with any of the flight control movements.

A postaccident examination of the nosewheel steering system, brake system and flight control system revealed no mechanical anomalies or irregularities that would have precluded normal operation. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N754KP
Model/Series: 208B
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Commuter air carrier (135), On-demand air taxi (135)
Operator Designator Code: P9KA

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PAJN,24 ft msl 
Observation Time: 08:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 6°C /5°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 300 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 5000 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 28.98 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Juneau, AK 
Destination: Skagway, AK

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 5 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 6 None
Latitude, Longitude: 58.355395,-134.58326

Alaska Seaplanes -

Accident at Juneau Airport – No Injuries. 

Flight 501 to Skagway – all 5 passengers and pilot are in good health.

Alaska Seaplanes is confirming that Flight 501 from Juneau to Skagway had an accident upon takeoff this morning at approximately 8:43 am at the Juneau International Airport. All 5 passengers and the pilot (total 6 occupants) were uninjured and have been examined by Capital City Fire and Rescue. The aircraft involved was a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, tail number N754KP. It is one of four wheeled Grand Caravans in Alaska Seaplanes’ fleet.

The specifics of the incident are still under investigation, and Alaska Seaplanes will be working with National Transportation Safety Board investigators to determine the potential cause of the accident.

Alaska Seaplanes has cancelled the rest of its flights for today as it investigates this accident further. Normal service is scheduled to begin again tomorrow.

Flights across Southeast Alaska have been diverted or delayed after a small commercial plane crashed shortly after takeoff on Friday morning at Juneau’s airport.

The National Transportation Safety Board’s Alaska chief Clint Johnson says the aircraft involved was a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan operated by Alaska Seaplanes.

“It’s an Alaska Seaplanes Cessna 208,” Johnson said shortly after the accident. “Six souls on board. They’re reporting minor injuries at this point right now, but things are very, very fluid, and it’s unfolding as we speak right now.”

Alaska Seaplanes representative Andy Kline said Friday afternoon no one was injured aboard flight 501, which took off shortly after 8:15 a.m. It was bound for Skagway and then Haines.

“We talked to all five passengers and the pilot, and they’ve all been checked out by Capital City Fire and Rescue by the medical professionals there. So no injuries reported and everyone’s in good spirits,” he said.

Kline says it’s too early to say what caused the trouble in the air.

“We know that there was an incident, and the plane ended up back on the runway kind of on its belly and turned around in the opposite direction, so there was a definite bit of, you know, got a little bit in the air and then got spun around. We don’t really know much more than that,” he said.

He says all Alaska Seaplanes flights will be grounded Friday.

“We’ll be working with the National Transportation Safety Board to put together an investigation of it and figure out exactly what happened,” Kline said. “We go through protocols of investigating and looking at the mechanics of the plane, talking to our pilot, talking to our mechanics and looking at what might have happened or what possibly failed or what could have possibly gone wrong on the flight.”

Kline says the airline expects flights to resume by Saturday and is making arrangements to get passengers home safely. Meanwhile, the Alaska Airlines website shows scheduled flights have been diverted or delayed while Juneau’s runway is cleared to reopen.

An Alaska Seaplanes plane headed for Skagway crashed Friday morning during an attempted takeoff from the Juneau Airport. 

The Cessna 208B Grand Caravan carried five passengers and the pilot on flight 501 to Skagway. Everyone on board was able to exit the aircraft and there were no reports of severe injuries. All involved were examined by Capitol Fire and Rescue.

Andy Kline, Alaska Seaplanes marketing manager, said the plane, which took off at 8:43 a.m., had difficulty gaining altitude and when it touched again, one wheel was not on the runway, causing the plane to spin around in the direction it had come from.

According to a press release, Seaplanes has cancelled all flights today, but plans to resume their schedule on Saturday. Flights to Skagway are weather dependent, according to Kline, who referenced a storm predicted for the area this weekend.

The Juneau airport runway was closed temporarily, disrupting other flights into and out of the airport, including Alaska Airlines confirmed an Alaska Airlines spokesperson.

The 208B is one of four Grand Caravans in the fleet. It has a larger under area for mail and cargo.

As of Friday  afternoon the plane is back in the Seaplanes hanger and the airline is cooperating with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)  Alaska regional agents.

“The plane is in one piece, but it is severely damaged,” said Kline.

Kline said that working with NTSB to ascertain the cause of the mishap means looking at everything, including weighing any offloaded cargo. A slow process.

Kline said that there was some mail on the plane that was headed to Skagway and there is a chance that some mail was impacted or possibly damaged..

The Skagway post office referred media requests to the marketing manager in Anchorage for comment. 

Kline says flights to Skagway, and hopefully mail delivery,  will resume Saturday, “weather permitting.” 

“It’s our job to get the mail delivered.  We have it in our possession,” he said.

With the event “we are reminded that we are such a linchpin to these communities.  Our priority is our passengers and getting mail and cargo delivered,” said Kline.

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