Accident Douglas C-47A-90-DL (DC-3C) N67588, Sunday 24 May 1998
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Date:Sunday 24 May 1998
Time:00:24
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas C-47A-90-DL (DC-3C)
Owner/operator:Majestic Air Cargo
Registration: N67588
MSN: 20536
Year of manufacture:1944
Total airframe hrs:34232 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial, written off
Category:Accident
Location:8 km NW of Anchorage, AK -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Unalakleet Airport, AK (UNK/PAUN)
Destination airport:Anchorage International Airport, AK (ANC/PANC)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
N67588 departed Unalakleet at 20:30 for an IFR positioning flight to Anchorage. After arriving in the Anchorage area, the flight was cleared for a visual approach to runway 14. During the approach, both engines quit running about 2,000 feet msl. The pilot said the right fuel tank was empty. He estimated that 50 to 60 gallons of fuel remained in the left fuel tank. The pilot attempted to restart the engines without success. The airplane was descending toward open water of the Cook Inlet. The pilot lowered the landing gear, and made a right turn toward a small airstrip, located at Point McKenzie, about 5 miles northwest of Anchorage. The pilot touched down in an area of soft, marsh covered, terrain. During the landing roll, the airplane nosed down and received damage to the forward, lower portion of the fuselage. The captain of this flight, the owner of Majestic Air Cargo, died January 23, 2001 when his DC-3 crashed into a mountain near Unalaska, AK.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's inadequate in-flight planning/decision which resulted in fuel exhaustion and subsequent loss of engine power. A related factor was the soft, marshy terrain at the forced landing area."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: ANC98LA055
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 5 months
Download report: Final report

Sources:

NTSB

Images:


photo (c) Werner Fischdick; Anchorage International Airport, AK (ANC); 26 June 1999


photo (c) Werner Fischdick; Burbank Airport, CA (BUR); 20 August 1973

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