NTSB Identification: ANC96LA084.
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Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Wednesday, June 05, 1996 in GALENA, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/20/1996
Aircraft: Swearingen SA-26, registration: N501FS
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot was landing the two engine turboprop airplane on a rural airstrip that was created to support a mining operation. During rollout on the rough dirt strip, the airplane encountered a soft spot and veered to the left. The nose landing gear collapsed, and the propellers struck the ground. A postcrash fire started in the vicinity of the left engine and was subsequently extinguished by ground personnel.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

the pilot's selection of an unsuitable landing site. Factors associated with the accident were the soft and uneven airstrip conditions.

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