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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-73-001
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Synopsis: N1812H, A CESSNA 310C OPERATED BY THE CHIEF PILOT OF PAN ALASKA AIRWAYS, LTD., DISAPPEARED ON A FLIGHT FROM ANCHORAGE TO JUEAU, ALASKA, ON OCTOBER 16, 1972. IN ADDITION TO THE PILOT, THREE PASSENGERS, INCLUDING TWO U.S. CONGRESSMAN, WERE ABOARD THE AIRCRAFT AFTER TAKEOFF FROM ANCHORAGE, THE PILOT OF N1812H FILED A VISUAL FLIGHT RULES FLIGHT PLAN FOR THE FLIGHT TO JUNEAU. THE WEATHER CONDITIONS ALONG THE PROPOSED ROUTE WERE NOT CONDUCIVE TO FLIGHT UNDER VISUAL FLIGHT RULES CRITERIA. AN EXTENSIVE AIR, SEA, AND LAND CONDUCTED DURING THE 39 DAY PERIOD FOLLOWING OCTOBER 16, 1972. NOTHING WAS FOUND THAT COULD BE IDENTIFIED WITH EITHER THE AIRCRAFT OR ITS OCCUPANTS. THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD IS UNABLE TO DETERMINE THE PROBABLE CAUSE OF THIS ACCIDENT FROM THE EVIDENCE PRESENTLY AVAILABLE. IF THE AIRCRAFT IS FOUND, THE BOARD WILL CONTINUE THE INVESTIGATION AND MAKE A DETERMINATION AS TO THE PROBABLE CAUSE.
Recommendation: THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION, THROUGH ITS ACCIDENT PREVENTION STAFF, MAKE WIDE DISSEMINATION OF THE DETAILS OF THIS ACCIDENT TO THE GENERAL AVIATION COMMUNITY, PARTICULARLY TO THOSE PILOTS AND OPERATORS INVOLVED IN OPERATIONS IN REMOTE AND ENVIRONMENTALLY HOSTILE AREAS.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: Anchorage, AK, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: 79575
Accident Reports: Pan Alaska Airways, Ltd., Cessna 310C, N1812H
Report #: AAR-73-01
Accident Date: 10/16/1972
Issue Date: 2/1/1973
Date Closed: 3/9/1973
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): General Aviation

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 3/9/1973
Response: Closed acceptable action.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 2/28/1973
Response: RESPONSE FROM THE FAA TO SAY THAT COPIES OF THE REPORT WILL BE DISTRIBUTED BY THEIR ACCIDENT PREVENTION SPECIALISTS TO THOSE PILOTS WHOSE PRIMARY OPERATION IS IN REMOTE AREAS.