Preliminary Accident Reports

June 2002 Issue

March 06, Barrow, Alaska: Cessna Caravan

At about 1230 Alaska time, a Cessna 208B was damaged on approach to a remote airstrip approximately 52 miles southeast of Barrow. The pilot and four passengers on the Part 135 flight were uninjured. The pilot said he passed over the remote airstrip without seeing it but a passenger on the left side of the airplane spotted it. He also received a radio call from the ground stating he had just passed overhead. He said he was making a left turn back to the airstrip when he thought the number 4 cargo pod door came open. The airplane began to vibrate, fishtail from side-to-side and descend. He applied full power and leveled the wings and the airplane crashed on flat, snow-covered ground about a qu...

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