Narrative:The DC-8, operating on cargo flight for the Military Airlift Command from Travis AFB to Clark AFB via Cold Bay and Yokota AFB. The aircraft crashed into Mount Dutton at an altitude of 3500 feet.
|Date:||08 SEP 1973|
|Type:||McDonnell Douglas DC-8-63CF|
|C/n / msn:|| 46146/536|
|First flight:|| 1971|
|Total airframe hrs:||10077|
|Engines:|| 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3|
|Total:||Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||near Cold Bay, AK (United States of America)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Departure airport:||Fairfield-Travis AFB, CA (SUU/KSUU), United States of America|
|Destination airport:||Cold Bay Airport, AK (CDB/PACD), United States of America|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The captain's deviation from approved instrument approach procedures. As a result of the deviation the flight descended into an area of unreliable navigation signals and obstructing terrain."
Official accident investigation report
Follow-up / safety actions
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
Distance from Fairfield-Travis AFB, CA to Cold Bay Airport, AK as the crow flies is 3538 km (2211 miles).