Event Details

Title:Controlled Flight into Terrain, World Airways, Inc., DC-8-63F, N802WA, King Cove, Alaska, September 8, 1973
Micro summary:This DC-8-63F flew into mountainous terrain.
Event Time:1973-09-08 at 0542 ADT
File Name:1973-09-08-US.pdf
Publishing Agency:National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
Publishing Country:USA
Report number:NTSB-AAR-74-6
Site of event:East slope, Mt Dutton, 3500', 10.5 mi east of King Cove, AK
Latitude/Longitude:N5503'57" W16214'30" (est)
Departure:Travis Air Force Base, California, USA
Destination:Cold Bay Airport, Cold Bay, Alaaska, USA
Airplane Type(s):Douglas DC-8-63F
Flight Phase:Approach
Operator(s):World Airways
Type of flight:Revenue
Serious Injuries:0
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:About 0542 Alaska daylight time on September 8, 1973, World Airways, Inc., Flight 802, a DC-8-63F, (N802WA), crashed into Mt. Dutton, near King Cove, Alaska. The six occupants--three crewmembers and three nonrevenue company employees--were killed. The aircraft was destroyed by impact and fire.

Flight 802 was a Military Airlift Command contract cargo flight from Travis AFB, California, to Clark AFB, Philippine Republic, with intermediate stops at Cold Bay, Alaska, and Yokota AFB, Japan. It was cleared for approach 125 miles east of the Cold Bay Airport. The last recorded transmission from the flight to the ColdBay flight service station was that it was leaving 31,000 feet. The aircraft crashed at the 3,500-foot level of Mt. Dutton, about 15.5 miles east of the airport.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the captain's deviation from approved instrument approach procedures. As a result of the deviation, the flight descended into an area of-unreliable navigation signals and obstructing terrain. As a result of this accident, the Safety Board has made recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Crew Resource Management
Operations - Controlled Flight Into Terrain
Consequence - Hull Loss
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