2015-11-22 Bush Air Cargo DC-3 badly damaged on landing Nixon Fork Mine, Alaska

2015-11-22 Bush Air Cargo DC-3 badly damaged on landing Nixon Fork Mine, Alaska

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)
Country: USA
Flight phase: LDG – Flare, Landing Roll, Aborted Landing after Touchdown
Damage to a/c: substantial

Flight no.:
From: 0000/: NONE To: /: Nixon Fork Mine
Type: Cargo
Operator: Bush Air Cargo
Leased from: Unknown

Type: Douglas DC-3 / C-47
Registration: N777YA
Age a/c: 71.4 years
Constr. No.: 14189

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Aircraft Involved

Occupants & Casualties

Crew Pax Other Total
Occupants 2 0 0 2
Fatalities 0 0 0 0
Injuries 0 0 0 0

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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Approach and Landing at Nixon Fork Mine Airstrip runway 16
filmed in 2006


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