Date & Time: May 30, 2007 at 1200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Aviation Traders ATL-98 Carvair
Landing (descent or approach)
Fairbanks - Nixon Fork Mine
United States of America
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Pax on board:
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The captain was making a VFR landing approach to a remote mining airstrip in a modified Douglas DC-4 airplane at the end of a cross-country nonscheduled cargo flight. The modified airplane had a raised cockpit above the fuselage to accommodate an upward swinging nose door. During the landing flare/touchdown, the airplane undershot the runway threshold, and right main landing gear struck the lip of the runway. The right main landing gear was torn off, which allowed the nose and right wing to collide with the runway surface. The right wing was torn off the fuselage and caught fire. The fuselage, containing the cargo of fuel bladders, slid to a stop and rolled about 90 degrees to the left. The pilot indicated that due to the additional cockpit height of the modified airplane, versus a standard Douglas DC-4 airplane, the airplane was lower than he perceived.
An undershoot and collision with the runway when the pilot misjudged the distance/altitude during the landing flare/touchdown.