Accident Aviation Traders ATL-98 Carvair N898AT, Wednesday 30 May 2007
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Date:Wednesday 30 May 2007
Time:12:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic CARV model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Aviation Traders ATL-98 Carvair
Owner/operator:Brooks Air Fuel
Registration: N898AT
MSN: 20/42994
Year of manufacture:1946
Total airframe hrs:55753 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-2000
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:Nixon Fork Mine, AK -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Fairbanks International Airport, AK (FAI/PAFA)
Destination airport:Nixon Fork Mine, AK
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
The converted DC-4 cargo plane carried 3000 gallons of fuel to the Nixon Fork Gold Mine near McGrath, AK. This mine has a 4200 x 100 ft gravel runway (16/34). There is a hill at the south end of the runway which forces everyone to land to the south. The Carvair was coming in with a tail wind, attempting a landing on runway 16. The captain said that the airplane encountered sinking air and became low on the landing approach, and the right main landing gear struck the lip of the runway. The right main landing gear was torn off, which allowed the nose and right wing to collide with the runway surface. The right wing was torn off the fuselage, and caught fire. The airplane slid 180 degrees, went off the runway and ended up in a ditch. The right wing continued to burn for about 1.5 hours.
The pilot indicated that the weather conditions consisted of an east wind of about 5 to 10 knots, and mostly clear skies, with isolated areas of convective cloud
formations.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "An undershoot and collision with the runway when the pilot misjudged the distance/altitude during the landing flare/touchdown."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: ANC07LA040
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 6 months
Download report: Final report

Sources:

FAA
NTSB
Oldwings.nl

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photo (c) via Werner Fischdick; Fairbanks International Airport, AK (FAI/PAFA); July 2004

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