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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Friday 25 May 1979
Time:20:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-4A Caribou
Operator:Sea Airmotive
Registration: N581PA
C/n / msn: 253
First flight: 1967
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Bullen Point Air Force Station, AK (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Bullen Point Air Force Station, AK (PABU), United States of America
Destination airport:Deadhorse-Alpine Airstrip, AK (DQH/PALP), United States of America
Narrative:
The DHC-4 Caribou cargo plane was configured for a STOL departure. During a crosswind turn after takeoff, the crew lost control and crashed in an extreme nose-down attitude. The aircraft came down 1300 feet from the end of the runway and 500 feet left of the extended centerline.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
pilot in command - inadequate preflight preparation and/or planning
pilot in command - failed to follow approved procedures,directives,etc.
miscellaneous acts,conditions - cargo shifted
FACTOR:
personnel - operational supervisory personnel: inadequate ground training-procedures

Classification:

Loss of control

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Bullen Point Air Force Station, AK to Deadhorse-Alpine Airstrip, AK as the crow flies is 154 km (96 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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