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Last updated: 23 October 2021
Date:Monday 28 April 2008
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH3T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-3T Texas Turbine Otter
Operator:Talkeetna Air Taxi
Registration: N565TA
MSN: 46
First flight: 1954
Engines: 1 Garrett TPE331
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:100 km (62.5 mls) NW of Talkeetna, AK (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Talkeetna Airport, AK (TKA/PATK), United States of America
Destination airport:?
The commercial pilot related that he was transporting mountain climbers to a remote mountain glacier, and was landing the wheel-ski-equipped airplane in deep snow. During the landing roll, he said he felt a slight bump, and stopped the airplane. Inspection disclosed that the tail ski had become buried in deep snow during a turn, breaking the tail ski attachment bracket, which resulted in the ski puncturing the lower fuselage and damaging a structural bulkhead. The pilot stated that there were no preaccident mechanical problems with the airplane.

Probable Cause:

Probable cause: The pilot's selection of an unsuitable landing site, which resulted in an overload failure of the tail ski assembly during the landing roll.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 93 days (3 months)
Accident number: ANC08CA065
Download report: Final report

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