NTSB Identification: ANC04LA098
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Aircraft: de Havilland DHC-3, registration: N197TT
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious, 1 Minor.
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On August 27, 2004, about 1630 Alaska daylight time, a tundra tire-equipped de Havilland DHC-3 airplane, N197TT, was destroyed by impact and postimpact fire when it collided with trees and mountainous terrain, about 35 miles west of McGrath, Alaska. The airplane was being operated as a visual flight rules (VFR) cross-country business flight under Title 14, CFR Part 91, when the accident occurred. The airplane was operated by Exousia Inc., dba Mavrik Aire,
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) personnel notified the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge (IIC) on August 27 that the accident airplane was overdue. The pilot of the first airplane in the flight of two reported to the FAA that the intended route of flight was from Kenai, Alaska, to Port Alsworth, Alaska, to McGrath, and then to Unalakleet, Alaska, Buckland, Alaska, and then to Kotzebue. When the accident airplane did not arrive in Kotzebue, search and rescue personnel were notified. Due to an extensive area of low visibility along the route of flight, an active search did not begin until August 29. Search personnel located the airplane on August 29, about 1130, and the survivors were transported to
The NTSB IIC interviewed the rear seat passenger on August 29, in
On August 27, 2004, at 1553, an Aviation Routine Weather Report (METAR) at McGrath was reporting in part: Wind, 330 degrees (true) at 7 knots; visibility, 4 statute miles in mist and smoke; clouds and sky condition, few at 500 feet, 1,400 feet scattered, 2,700 feet overcast; temperature, 48 degrees F; dew point, 43 degrees F; altimeter, 29.97 inHg.