NTSB Identification: ANC06LA134.
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Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Saturday, September 02, 2006 in Wainwright, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/25/2007
Aircraft: de Havilland DHC-3, registration: N3125N
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 airline transport certificated pilot was landing a wheel-equipped airplane on runway 23, during a Title 14, CFR Part 135, cargo flight. The pilot indicated that the wind at the airport was from 180 degrees. He described the wind strength as 10 knots or greater, indicated by streaks of white foam on many nearby lakes, with the streaks of foam appearing perpendicular to the runway. During the landing roll, the airplane suddenly veered to the left. The pilot applied right brake and right rudder, but the airplane departed off the left side of the runway, rolled down an embankment, and collided with a ditch. The airplane received structural damage to left main landing gear assembly, the left aileron, and the fuselage. In the Recommendation '(How could this accident have been prevented?)' portion of the NTSB accident report, the pilot indicated that he should not have landed with the existing crosswind.

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

The pilot's failure to adequately compensate for wind conditions during the landing roll, which resulted in a loss of control, and subsequent collision with a ditch when the airplane departed the runway. A factor contributing to the accident was a crosswind.

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