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Accident description
Last updated: 21 October 2017
Date:Saturday 22 July 1978
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter
Operator:Maxson Aviation
Registration: N26641
C/n / msn: 134
First flight: 1955
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Kotzebue, AK (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Kotzebue Airport, AK (OTZ/PAOT), United States of America
Destination airport:Red Dog Airport, AK (RDB/PADG), United States of America
Collided with the ground following engine problems.

Probable Cause:

pilot in command - improper operation of powerplant & powerplant controls
miscellaneous acts,conditions - anti-icing/deicing equipment-improper operation of/or failed to use
miscellaneous acts,conditions - ice-carburetor
weather - conditions conducive to carb./induction system icing
partial power loss - partial loss of power - 1 engine
weather briefing - briefed by flight service personnel, by phone
weather forecast - forecast substantially correct
emergency circumstances - forced landing off airport on land



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Distance from Kotzebue Airport, AK to Red Dog Airport, AK as the crow flies is 127 km (80 miles).

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