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Last updated: 7 December 2021
Date:Friday 15 January 2016
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
Operator:Grant Aviation
Registration: N104AN
MSN: 208B0918
First flight: 2001
Total airframe hrs:14440
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 9
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Hooper Bay Airport, AK (HPB) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Chevak Airport, AK (VAK/PAVA), United States of America
Destination airport:Hooper Bay Airport, AK (HPB/PAHP), United States of America
A Cessna 208B Grand Caravan suffered substantial damage in a runway excursion accident at Hooper Bay Airport, Alaska.
The pilot reported that he aligned the airplane on final approach with what "appeared" to be the runway with a small snow berm on both the left and right sides. The left main landing gear touched down first, and then the airplane came to an abrupt stop a few feet to the right of the runway.
A postaccident examination of the airframe revealed substantial damage to the right wing.
The pilot reported that there were no pre-impact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's failure to identify the runway, resulting in the airplane touching down a few feet to the right of the runway."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 81 days (3 months)
Accident number: GAA16CA109
Download report: Summary report

Runway excursion



photo of Cessna-208B-Grand-Caravan-N104AN
accident date: 15-01-2016
type: Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
registration: N104AN

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Chevak Airport, AK to Hooper Bay Airport, AK as the crow flies is 29 km (18 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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