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Accident description
Last updated: 19 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Friday 31 August 1979
Time:15:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic TPIN model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer 1
Operator:Air North (Yukon Air Service)
Registration: N9965F
C/n / msn: 505
First flight: 1957-02-13 (22 years 7 months)
Engines: 2 Alvis Leonides 514
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Pilot Point Airport, AK (PIP) (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Pilot Point Airport, AK (PIP/PAPN), United States of America
Destination airport:Naknek Airport, AK (NNK), United States of America
Narrative:
The Pioneer carried a load of fish when it attempted to take off in crosswind conditions with wind gusting to 20 knots. The airplane swerved and nosed over, causing substantial damage.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE(S):
pilot in command - selected unsuitable terrain
pilot in command - improper compensation for wind conditions
FACTOR(S):
pilot in command - lack of familiarity with aircraft
airports/airways/facilities - airport conditions: poorly maintained runway surface
weather - unfavorable wind conditions
weather briefing - no record of briefing received

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Pilot Point Airport, AK to Naknek Airport, AK as the crow flies is 131 km (82 miles).

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