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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 173574
Last updated: 13 March 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA31 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-31-350 Chieftain
Owner/operator:Larrys Flying Service Inc.
Registration: N45008
C/n / msn: 31-8052167
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:3 mi SE of Koyukuk, AK -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Galena, AK (PAGA)
Destination airport:Koyukuk, AK (KYU)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The Title 14, CFR Part 135 cargo flight departed for a destination airport about 20 miles downriver. Although weather at the departure airport was VFR, no reports of the actual weather along the route of flight were available. Unable to locate the destination airport due to deteriorating weather conditions, the pilot attempted to return to the departure airport following the river for ground reference. The airplane entered fog and whiteout weather conditions, and collided in-flight with the frozen surface of the river.
Probable Cause: The pilot's continued flight into adverse weather conditions, and his failure to maintain clearance from terrain, which resulted in an in-flight collision with terrain. Factors associated with the accident were fog and whiteout weather conditions.


FAA register: 2. FAA:
Air International FEB 2004

Revision history:

04-Feb-2015 18:23 Noro Added
30-Jun-2015 01:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Other fatalities, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
30-Jun-2015 01:11 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
18-Oct-2017 16:12 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
07-Dec-2017 17:34 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
13-Mar-2021 16:05 TB Updated [Location, Source, Damage]

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