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Accident description
Last updated: 17 July 2018
Date:Sunday 12 June 2011
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-6BF
Operator:Universal Airlines, Inc.
Registration: N600UA
C/n / msn: 44894/651
First flight: 1956
Total airframe hrs:37334
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2800
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Cold Bay Airport, AK (CDB) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Togiak Village Airport, AK (TOG/PATG), United States of America
Destination airport:Cold Bay Airport, AK (CDB/PACD), United States of America
A DC-6BF cargo plane sustained substantial damage in a belly landing at Cold Bay Airport, AK (CDB), USA. None of the four crew members were injured.
The airplane operated on a positioning flight from Togiak Village (TOG).
According to the captain, while on approach to land, he distracted the crew by pointing out a boat dock. He said that after touchdown, he realized that the landing gear was not extended, and the airplane slid on its belly, sustaining substantial damage to the underside of the fuselage. In the captain's written statement to the NTSB, he reported that there were no preaccident mechanical problems with the airplane, but indicated that the flight crew did not hear the landing gear retracted warning horn.
The airplane was put up for sale by KW Salvage in September 2011 and again in July 2013

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The flight crew's failure to extend the landing gear, which resulted in an inadvertent wheels up landing. Contributing to the accident was the flight crew's diverted attention."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 114 days (4 months)
Accident number: ANC11CA044
Download report: Summary report

Wheel(s) up landing



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Distance from Togiak Village Airport, AK to Cold Bay Airport, AK as the crow flies is 447 km (279 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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