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Crash of a Rockwell Shrike Commander 500S off Aniak

Date & Time: May 28, 2020 at 1543 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N909AK
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Aniak - Aniak
MSN:
500-3232
YOM:
1975
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
After takeoff from Aniak Airport runway 10, the pilot encountered engine problems. Control was lost and the aircraft crashed in the Aniak River east of the airport. All four occupants were quickly rescued and medevaced to Anchorage. The aircraft was destroyed.

Crash of a Cessna 207 Skywagon in Chuathbaluk: 1 killed

Date & Time: Nov 29, 2011 at 1925 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N1673U
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Aniak - Chuathbaluk
MSN:
207-0273
YOM:
1974
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
10000
Aircraft flight hours:
16889
Circumstances:
The pilot departed on a positioning flight during dark night, marginal visual meteorological conditions. A witness, who was waiting for the airplane at the destination airport, stated that shortly after the pilot-controlled airport lighting activated, a snow squall passed over the airport, greatly reducing the visibility. The accident airplane never arrived at its destination, and a search was initiated. The airplane’s fragmented wreckage was discovered early the next morning in a wooded area, about 2 miles from its destination. A review of archived automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) data received from the accident airplane showed that the pilot departed, and the airplane climbed to about 700 feet above ground level. The airplane remained at about 700 feet for about 3 minutes, and then entered a shallow right-hand descending turn, until it impacted terrain. On-site examination of the airplane and engine revealed no preaccident mechanical anomalies that would have precluded normal operation. The cockpit area was extensively fragmented, thus the validity of any postaccident cockpit and instrument findings was unreliable. Likewise, structural damage to the airframe precluded the determination of flight control continuity. A postaccident examination of the engine and recovered components did not disclose any evidence of a mechanical malfunction. Given the witness account of worsening weather conditions at the airport just before the accident and the lack of mechanical anomalies with the airplane, it is likely that the accident pilot encountered heavy snow and instrument meteorological conditions while approaching the airport. It is also likely that the pilot became spatially disoriented during the unexpected weather encounter and subsequently collided with terrain.
Probable cause:
The pilot’s loss of situational awareness after an inadvertent encounter with instrument meteorological conditions, which resulted in an in-flight collision with tree-covered terrain.
Final Report:

Crash of a Cessna 207 Skywagon in Crooked Creek

Date & Time: Jun 16, 2009 at 1620 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N1623U
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Aniak-Sleetmute-Crooked Creek
MSN:
207-0223
YOM:
1973
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:

Few minutes before landing at Crooked Creek, the pilot encountered engine problem and elected to perform an emergency landing in toundra. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair and one passenger was slightly injured.

Crash of a Cessna 207 Skywagon in Aniak

Date & Time: Jan 16, 2008 at 1215 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N1701U
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Crooked Creek - Aniak
MSN:
207-0301
YOM:
1975
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
9455
Captain / Total hours on type:
1914.00
Aircraft flight hours:
18448
Circumstances:
The commercial certificated pilot was returning from a remote village after a round robin flight of about 130 miles over a frozen and snow-covered river. He was in cruise flight about 500 feet agl, but then circled while holding between 6 or 7 miles east of his destination airport, awaiting a special VFR (SVFR) clearance. The weather condition in that area was about 1 mile visibility, with a ceiling of about 1,000 feet agl. After receiving his SVFR clearance, the pilot flew toward the airport, but the engine fuel pressure began fluctuating. The engine rpm began decreasing, along with the airplane's altitude. The pilot switched fuel tanks, selected full flaps, and prepared for a forced landing. He said the weather was near white-out conditions, but he could see the bank of the river. After switching fuel tanks from the left to the right tank, the engine power suddenly returned to full power. He applied forward flight control pressure to prevent the airplane from climbing too fast, but the airplane collided with the surface of the river. The airplane sustained structural damage to the wings and fuselage. At the time of the accident, the ceiling at the airport was 600 feet obscured, with a visibility of 1/2 mile in snow. Neither the fuel status of the accident airplane, nor the mechanical condition of the engine, were verified by either the NTSB or FAA.
Probable cause:
A partial loss of engine power for an undetermined reason. Contributing to the accident were the pilot's inadvertent encounter with IMC conditions, and a whiteout during his attempted go around from an emergency landing approach.
Final Report:

Crash of a Douglas DC-6 in Russian Mission: 4 killed

Date & Time: Jul 20, 1996 at 1506 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N313RS
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Emmonak-Aniak
MSN:
44663
YOM:
1955
Flight number:
HU033
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Captain / Total flying hours:
14200
Captain / Total hours on type:
7200.00
Aircraft flight hours:
38248

Crash of a Cessna 207A Stationair 7 near Holy Cross

Date & Time: May 6, 1993 at 1530 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N70364
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Shageluk - Aniak
MSN:
207-0550
YOM:
1979
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
5395
Captain / Total hours on type:
1470.00
Aircraft flight hours:
7801
Circumstances:
The pilot reported that while in cruise flight looking at birds out the left side cockpit window he observed peripherally a 'white flash' fill the right side of the forward wind screen followed immediately by an audible 'thump'. The airplane began an uncontrollable descent and yaw to the right. The engine continued to run smoothly. Advancing the engine power controls had no noticeable effect on his ability to arrest the descent. The NTSB investigator in charge visited the accident site. No evidence was found of a bird strike. The accident site was surrounded by tall (white) birch trees. The pilot stated that he was not sure what he struck and that it could have been a tree.
Probable cause:
The failure of the pilot in command to maintain the proper altitude. The trees were a factor in the accident.
Final Report:

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-3 Otter in Anchorage: 1 killed

Date & Time: May 21, 1975 at 0905 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N90574
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Anchorage - Aniak
MSN:
174
YOM:
1956
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
2768
Captain / Total hours on type:
20.00
Circumstances:
After takeoff from the gravel airstrip at Anchorage-Lake Hood, the single engine airplane encountered difficulties to gain height. It struck a lumber stack, a fence and crashed in flames onto a parking lot where five cars were damaged. The pilot, sole on board, was killed. He was en route to Aniak on a cargo flight.
Probable cause:
Inadequate preflight preparation on part of the pilot. The following contributing factors were reported:
- Failed to maintain flying speed,
- Lack of familiarity with aircraft,
- Improperly loaded aircraft,
- Incorrect trim setting,
- Aircraft at least 484 lbs over max gross weight.
Final Report:

Crash of an Armstrong Whitworth AW.650 Argosy 101 in Anchorage

Date & Time: May 19, 1974 at 0920 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N891U
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Anchorage - Aniak
MSN:
6655
YOM:
1959
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
9703
Captain / Total hours on type:
2039.00
Circumstances:
During the takeoff roll on runway 20 at Anchorage-Intl Airport, the pilot-in-command realized the takeoff was not possible so he decided to abort. Unable to stop within the remaining distance, the aircraft overran, rolled for 689 yards then collided with trees and came to rest. All six occupants escaped uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
Aborted takeoff and overran following poor flight preparation on part of the flying crew. The following factors were reported:
- Inadequate preflight preparation and/or planning,
- Gust locks engaged,
- Lack of familiarity with aircraft,
- Elevator gust lock not removed.
Final Report: