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N82FA, Douglas C-54G, DC-4, Chester Air Attack Base, Firefighting Airtanker
Code Number:
TAEV01P05_10
Title:
N82FA, Douglas C-54G, DC-4, Chester Air Attack Base, Firefighting Airtanker
CN: 35960
LN: 354
First flight: 1945
Total airframe hours: 28933
Engines: 4x Pratt & Whitney R-2000-7M2

Accident Report:
Status: Final
Date: 17/01/2007
Time: 15:50
Operator: Brooks Air Fuel
Crew: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Written off
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: 8 kilometers (5 miles) West of Nenana, Alaska (USA)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature: Air Cargo
Departure airport: Fairbanks International Airport, Alaska (FAI/PAFA), USA
Destination airport: Nixon Fork Mine, Alaska, USA
Descriptive:
C-54 N82FA departed Fairbanks, carrying 3000 gallons of heating fuel for the Nixon Fork Mine. En route the nr.2 engine started running rough. The pilot elected to shut it down and return to Fairbanks. During the shutdown procedure, the engine caught fire. The fire extinguishing system was activated.
The crew attempted to divert to Nenana Municipal Airport, Alaska (ENN), but a forced gear-up landing had to be carried out in the tundra. The left aircraft wing was overwhelmed by fire.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The failure of an engine cylinder during cruise flight, which resulted in an in-flight fire, and subsequent emergency gear-up landing on snow-covered tundra. A factor in the accident was the failure of the fire suppression equipment to extinguish the fire."

Location of this image:
Rogers Field, Chester, Plumas County, California
Lat: N 4016.9 Long: W 12114.5
Elev: 4528 feet
Var: -17
Longest Runway: 5320 feet
CTAF: 122.8
Keywords:
Rogers Field Airport, Chester, Plumas County, California, USA, Douglas, DC-4, Piston, four engine, Prop, Propeller, Fixed wing multi engine, multi-engine, Reciprocating, Propliner, Fire Bomber, Aerial Firefighting, Fire Suppression, Civil, Aviation, Civilian, fire fighting, Emergency, hull, equipment, Apparatus, Airtanker, Airtak
Image by:
Wernher Krutein

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