Crash of a Douglas C-54 Skymaster in Nenana

Date & Time: Jan 17, 2007 at 1550 LT
Type of aircraft: Douglas C-54 Skymaster (29601)">
Operator: Brooks Fuel (32617)">
Registration:
N82FA
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Fairbanks-Nixon Fork Mine
MSN:
35960
YOM:
1945
Location: Nenana (23770)"> Alaska (13556)">
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
2750
Captain / Total hours on type:
1550.00
Aircraft flight hours:
28933
Circumstances:
The crew was making a cargo flight to Nixon Fork Mine with 3,000 gallons of heating fuel. En route, one of the engine caught fire and the crew elected to divert to Nenana airport. A forced landing was carried out 8 km west of Nenana airport. Both occupants were uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Douglas C-54 Skymaster in Norman Wells

Date & Time: Jan 5, 2006 at 1704 LT
Type of aircraft: Douglas C-54 Skymaster (29601)">
Operator: Buffalo Airways (31205)">
Registration:
C-GXKN
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Norman Wells-Yellowknife
MSN:
36090
YOM:
1946
Flight number:
BFL1405
Country: Canada (13435)">
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Aircraft left Norman Wells at 1652LT on a cargo flight to Yellowknife with a crew of four on board. Some six minutes after take off, while climbing, a fire erupted on engine number two. Crew tried to extinguished the fire without success. In the meantime, both propellers on engines number one and two feathered. Captain decided to perform an emergency landing in a snow covered field when fire extingued. He eventually decided to return to Norman Wells where an emergency landing was carried out. After touch down, aircraft veered off runway to the left and came to rest in a snowy field some 60 feet from runway edge. While all four occupants were uninjured, aircraft was considered as damaged beyond repair.
Causes:
Engine fire on number two was caused by a fuel leak on a fuel line when fluid fired after contact with high temperature elements.
An Airworthiness Directive published in 1948 mandates the operator to replace the fuel line which was considered as potentially hazardous. Unfortunately, this fuel line was never replaced.
The primary engine fire emergency checklist was unefficient because the procedure to turn off the fuel selector was not required, which contributed to the length of the fire which burned for an extended period of time.

Crash of a Douglas C-54 Skymaster in Alaska

Date & Time: May 7, 2004 at 2130 LT
Type of aircraft: Douglas C-54 Skymaster (29601)">
Operator: Brooks Fuel (32617)">
Registration:
N44911
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Ganes Creek-Fairbanks
MSN:
10461
YOM:
1945
Location: Alaska (16758)"> Alaska (13556)">
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
11250
Captain / Total hours on type:
5630.00
Aircraft flight hours:
29667
Circumstances:
During startup, the number one engine exploded and separated from left wing. No one was injured but the aircraft was written off.

Crash of a Douglas C-54 Skymaster in Ulu

Date & Time: Aug 2, 2003 at 0800 LT
Type of aircraft: Douglas C-54 Skymaster (29601)">
Operator: Buffalo Airways (31205)">
Registration:
C-GBSK
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
36049
YOM:
1945
Location: Ulu (27381)"> Northwest Territories (15523)">
Country: Canada (13435)">
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
While delivering fuel, the crew lost control of aircraft on landing.