Narrative:he pilot was landing at a remote, private airstrip. He said the landing area was soft, and as the airplane touched down it veered to the left. His efforts to abort the landing with the runway remaining was unsuccessful. The airplane exited the right side of the landing area and collided with a fuel tank farm. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing, aileron, and the fuselage. The pilot said there were no mechanical malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
|Date:||28 MAY 2011|
|Type:||de Havilland Canada DHC-3T Vazar Turbine Otter|
|Operator:||Alaska West Air|
|C/n / msn:|| 52|
|First flight:|| 1954|
|Engines:|| 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-34AG|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1|
|Total:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2 |
|Airplane damage:|| Substantial|
|Location:||128 km (80 mls) NW of Bettles Field, AK (United States of America)
|Phase:|| Landing (LDG)|
|Nature:||Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Coldfoot Airport, AK (CXF), United States of America|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's selection of unsuitable terrain for the landing, which resulted in a loss of directional control."