2015-11-22 Bush Air Cargo DC-3 badly damaged on landing Nixon Fork Mine, Alaska
The aircraft received major damage on landing before coming to a stop. Both pilots remained unhurt. The DC-3 is likely to be considered a total loss.
According to FAA data the vintage aircraft received substantial damage when it hit a snow berm during landing run resulting in a maingear punched through the wing before coming to rest.
The pilots – the only persons on board at the time – remained uninjured.
According to different sources, the aircraft may have undershot the beginning of the gravel runway by a few meters then making an abnormal contact to a snow mound before the threshold.
Giving the limited maintenance opportunities, the age of the aircraft and the amount of damage it seems unlikely the DC-3 will get a repair.
Date: 2015-11-22 Time: 11:10
Location: Nixon Fork Mine (AK40)
Flight phase: LDG – Flare, Landing Roll, Aborted Landing after Touchdown
Damage to a/c: substantial
From: 0000/: NONE To: /: Nixon Fork Mine
Operator: Bush Air Cargo
Leased from: Unknown
Type: Douglas DC-3 / C-47
Age a/c: 71.4 years
Constr. No.: 14189
Occupants & Casualties
JACDEC 25-year Statistics :
- 2nd safety occurence for the operator
- 120th safety occurence of type (DC-3/C-47)
- 5th safety occurence at Nixon Fork Mine
- 3rd safety occurence for aircraft in question (last 10 y)
– 2014-07-05 overran runway at Talkeena
– 2006-03-01 struck treetops on final appr Beluga
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Image & Information Sources
Approach and Landing at Nixon Fork Mine Airstrip runway 16
filmed in 2006
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