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NTSB Identification: ANC87FA165
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36427.
Scheduled 14 CFR (D.B.A. AIR NORTH )
Accident occurred Sunday, September 20, 1987 in ELDRED ROCK, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/25/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-31-310, registration: CGPAC
Injuries: 5 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE FLT WAS CLRD ON AN IFR FLT FM WHITEHORSE TO JUNEAU, VIA V-428 TO CHILL INTXN, THEN DRCT TO JUNEAU. CHILL INTXN WAS LOCATED ON V-428, 36 MI SOUTH OF HAINES NDB ON A BEARING OF 146 DEG. ON REACHING HAINES NDB, THE PLT CANCELLED HIS IFR CLNC & CONTD UNDER VISUAL FLT RULES (VFR). SUBSEQUENTLY, THE ACFT CRASHED ON A GLACIER BETWEEN HAINES & JUNEAU, APRX 15 MI SE OF HAINES NDB AT AN ELEV OF ABOUT 4500'. A PLT, FLYING ABOUT 5 MI SW OF THE CRASH SITE AT THE TIME OF THE ACDNT, RPRTD A BKN TO OVC CEILING AT 2500' TO 3000' MSL. THE ACDNT SITE WAS NEAR THE HAINES TRANSITION OF THE BARLO 4 DEPARTURE (SID). IN THAT AREA, THE MIN EN ROUTE ALT FOR FLT ON THE HAINES TRANSITION WAS 9000' UNDER INSTRUMENT FLT RULES.


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

  • VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND
  • PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

Contributing Factors:
  • WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS
  • PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND
  • TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOW COVERED
  • TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY
Full narrative is not available