NTSB Identification: ANC83IA010
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Incident occurred Monday, November 01, 1982 in BARROW, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/01/1983
Aircraft: SHORT BROS. SC7 SERIES 3, registration: N50DA
Injuries: 1 Minor,2 Uninjured.

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

THE AIRCRAFT WAS ON A ROUND TRIP FLIGHT FROM BARROW, AK TO POINT HOPE, AK AND RETURN. AFTER LANDING AT POINT HOPE, THERE WAS A 20 MIN DELAY WHILE WAITING FOR THE GROUND CREW. THE PILOT STATED THAT HE RAN THE ENGINES FOR SOME 10 MIN OR SO DUE TO THE HIGH WINDS AND COLD. HE STATED THAT THE WIND WAS AVERAGING ABOUT 45 KTS AND WAS TOO STRONG TO MAINTAIN CONTROL ON TOP OF THE AIRCRAFT FOR REFUELING. THE PILOT CALCULATED THAT HE HAD MORE THAN ENOUGH FUEL TO RETURN TO BARROW. WHILE RETURNING, HE FLEW PAST TWO POSSIBLE REFUEL POINTS AND A THIRD PLACE WHERE HE COULD HAVE LANDED. WHILE OVER WATER NEAR HIS DESTINATION, THE LEFT ENGINE FLAMED OUT AND THE PILOT INCORRECTLY SHUT DOWN THE RIGHT ENGINE. HE WAS ABLE TO RESTART THE RIGHT ENGINE, BUT IT SOON FLAMED OUT ALSO. A SUCCESSFUL FORCED LANDING WAS THEN MADE ON THE TUNDRA. ACCORDING TO THE PILOT, THE ENGINE FLAMED OUT DUE TO LACK OF FUEL.

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLUID,FUEL..EXHAUSTION

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

FUEL CONSUMPTION CALCULATIONS..INACCURATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

EMERGENCY PROCEDURE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN

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