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NTSB Identification: ANC84LA058
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24395.
Accident occurred Saturday, April 21, 1984 in VENETIE, AK
Aircraft: FAIRCHILD C-119, registration: N15509
Injuries: 4 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 PLT WAS ATTEMPTING A TAKEOFF ON AN AIRSTRIP WHERE BRAKING ACTION WAS CONSIDERED GOOD DURING THE NORMAL SUMMER SEASON. IT WAS ABOUT 3000 FT IN ELEVATION & WAS SNOW COVERED MOST OF THE YEAR, AS ON THE DAY OF THE ACCIDENT. THE STRIP ACCOMODATED TAKEOFFS TO THE SOUTH ONLY DUE TO GRADING AND OBSTRUCTIONS. FREQUENTLY, THIS MENT A DOWNWIND TAKEOFF. ON THEDAY OF THE ACCIDENT, THERE WAS A 5 KT WIND FROM THE NORTH WITH GUSTS TO 10 KTS. THE PLT SAID THAT NOSE WHEEL STEERING WAS NOT EFFECTIVE DUE TO THE SURFACE AND THE RUDDER WAS NOT RESPONSIVE DUE TO THE TAILWIND. MOST PLTS USED A 25 DEG (RIGHT TURN) DOGLEG OF THE RWY AT THE NORTH END TO START THEIR TAKEOFF, ESPECIALLY WHEN TAILWINDS WERE PRESENT. THE ACCIDENT ACFT WENT OFF THE RWY TO THE LEFT AND COLLIDED WITH A SNOWBANK WHERE IT NOSED OVER.


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

  • PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND
  • UNSUITABLE TERRAIN OR TAKEOFF/LANDING/TAXI AREA..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

Contributing Factors:
  • OVERCONFIDENCE IN AIRCRAFT'S ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND
  • SELF-INDUCED PRESSURE..PILOT IN COMMAND
  • WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH DENSITY ALTITUDE
  • WEATHER CONDITION..TAILWIND
  • AIRPORT FACILITIES,RUNWAY/LANDING AREA CONDITION..INADEQUATE
  • AIRPORT FACILITIES,RUNWAY/LANDING AREA CONDITION..SNOW COVERED
  • AIRPORT FACILITIES,RUNWAY/LANDING AREA CONDITION..ICY
  • AIRPORT FACILITIES,RUNWAY/LANDING AREA CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN
  • TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOWBANK
Full narrative is not available