Aircraft Incident/Accident Report
Fairbanks International Airport

Fairbanks, Alaska 99709
Sunday, March 5, 2000 18:20 AST

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
The private certificated pilot was landing a tailwheel-equipped airplane toward the north, at the conclusion of a local flight. During the landing roll, the airplane veered to the left. The pilot applied right rudder and right brake, but the airplane ran off the left side of the runway and ground looped. The right main landing gear collapsed, and the right wing struck the ground. The airplane received damage to the right wing tip, and the right landing gear. The pilot said the wind conditions were from the east about three knots. A special weather observation at the airport indicated the wind was calm.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
The pilot's inadvertent ground loop.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date3/5/2000 
Event Day of the WeekSunday 
Time of Event1820 
Event Time ZoneAtlantic Standard Time 
Event StateALASKA 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site99709  
Event Date Year2000 
Event Date Month
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude-- 
Event Location Longitude-- 
Event Location Nearest Airport IDPAFA 
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOn Airport 
Distance from airport in statute miles-- 
Degrees magnetic from airport-- 
Airport Elevation434 
Weather Briefing CompletenessUnknown 
Investigator's weather sourceWeather Observation Facility 
Time of the weather observation1839 Atlantic Standard Time 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)
Weather Observation Facility IDPAF  
Elevation of weather observation facility434 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)
Time Zone of the weather observationAST 
Lighting ConditionsDay 
Lowest Ceiling Height
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height20000 
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsScattered 
Sky Condition for Lowest CeilingNone 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)
Visibility (Statute Miles) 10 
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)-3 
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)-9 
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)
Variable Wind IndicatorUnknown 
Wind Speed (knots)
Wind Velocity Indicator Calm 
Wind Gust IndicatorNot Gusting 
Wind Gust (knots)
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 29 
Density Altitude (feet)-- 
Intensity of PrecipitationUnknown 
METAR weather report -- 
Event Highest InjuryNone 
On Ground, Fatal Injuries
On Ground, Minor Injuries
On Ground, Serious Injuries
Injury Total Fatal-- 
Injury Total Minor-- 
Injury Total None
Injury Total Serious-- 
Injury Total All-- 
Investigating AgencyNTSB 
NTSB Docket Number (internal use)731 
NTSB Notification Source-- 
NTSB Notification DateMar 5 2000 12:00AM 
NTSB Notification Time1830 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket informationIMAGE 
Date of most recent change to recordMay 11 2001 4:04AM 
User who most recently changed recorddbo  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District Office-- 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN6453M 
NTSB NumberANC00LA032  
Missing Aircraft Indicator
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 91: General Aviation 
Type of Flight Plan filedNone 
Flight plan Was Activated?-- 
Aircraft FireNone 
Aircraft ExplosionNone 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full NameStinson  
Aircraft Model108-3  
Aircraft Series Identifier108-3  
Aircraft Serial Number108-4453  
Certified Max Gross Weight2400 
Aircraft CategoryAirplane 
Aircraft Registration ClassU.S. Registered/U.S. Soil 
Aircraft is a homebuilt?No 
Flight Crew Seats-- 
Cabin Crew Seats-- 
Passenger Seats-- 
Total number of seats on the aircraft
Number of Engines
Fixed gear or retractable gearFixed 
Aircraft, Type of Last InspectionAnnual 
Date of Last InspectionJun 28 1999 12:00AM 
Airframe hours since last inspection14 
Airframe Hours1898 
ELT InstalledYes 
ELT ActivatedNo 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteUnknown 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner NameSTEVEN F. WILLFORD  
Aircraft Owner Street Address221 ELLINGSON ST.  
Aircraft Owner CityFAIRBANKS  
Aircraft Owner StateAK 
Aircraft Owner Country  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode99701  
Operator is an individual?-- 
Operator Name  
Operator Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Is Doing Business As-- 
Operator Address Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Street Address  
Operator City  
Operator State  
Operator Country  
Operator Zip code  
Operator Code  
Owner has at least one certificateNone 
Other Operator of large aircraft?No 
Certified for Part 133 or 137 OperationUnknown 
Operator Certificate Number-- 
Indicates whether an air carrier operation was scheduled or not-- 
Indicates Domestic or International Flight-- 
Operator carrying Pax/Cargo/Mail-- 
Type of Flying (Per_Bus / Primary)Personal 
Second Pilot on BoardYes 
Departure Point Same as EventYes 
Departure Airport CodePAFA 
Departure City  
Departure State  
Departure Country  
Departure Time1715 
Departure Time ZoneAST 
Destination Same as Local Fltcrash at destination city 
Destination Airport CodePAFA 
Destination City  
Destination State  
Destination Country  
Specific Phase of Flight-- 
Report sent to ICAO?-- 
Evacuation occurred-- 
Date of most recent change to recordMay 11 2001 4:04AM 
User who most recently changed recorddbo  
Since inspection or accident-- 
Event Location Runway Number and Location1R 
Runway Length3190 
Runway Width60 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--