Aircraft Incident/Accident Report
Sitka Airport

Sitka, Alaska 99835
Monday, October 18, 2010 7:00 ADT

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
The captain, who was the non-flying pilot, reported that he altered their course to avoid thunderstorm activity. Once clear of the thunderstorms, they flew direct to the initial instrument approach fix. During the instrument approach to land, the flight crew saw a build up of static electricity, known as St. Elmo's fire, near the nose of the airplane. The first officer reported that the light from the static electricity was very bright, and he decided to keep his eyes focused on the instruments. Shortly thereafter, lightning struck the nose of the airplane and the associated flash temporarily blinded the captain. The first officer continued to fly the approach without difficulty. Once the captain regained his sight, he took the flight controls and completed the landing. During a postaccident inspection of the airplane, the flight crew discovered substantial damage to the right elevator.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
A lightning strike which resulted in substantial damage to the elevator.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date10/18/2010 
Event Day of the WeekMonday 
Time of Event700 
Event Time ZoneAtlantic Daylight Time 
Event CitySitka 
Event StateALASKA 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site99835 
Event Date Year2010 
Event Date Month10 
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude570249N 
Event Location Longitude1352141W 
Event Location AirportSitka 
Event Location Nearest Airport IDPASI 
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOff Airport/Airstrip 
Distance from airport in statute miles15 
Degrees magnetic from airport-- 
Airport Elevation-- 
Weather Briefing Completeness-- 
Investigator's weather sourceWeather Observation Facility 
Time of the weather observation653 Atlantic Daylight Time 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)
Weather Observation Facility IDPASI 
Elevation of weather observation facility21 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)
Time Zone of the weather observationADT 
Lighting ConditionsNight 
Lowest Ceiling Height6500 
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height3100 
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsScattered 
Sky Condition for Lowest CeilingBroken 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)-- 
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)-- 
Visibility (Statute Miles) 10 
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)180 
Variable Wind IndicatorWind direction could be determined 
Wind Speed (knots)13 
Wind Velocity Indicator -- 
Wind Gust IndicatorGusting 
Wind Gust (knots) 21 
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 29.56 
Density Altitude (feet)-- 
Intensity of Precipitation-- 
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)28430 
NTSB Notification SourceFAA-Juneau FSDO  
NTSB Notification Date-- 
NTSB Notification Time-- 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket information-- 
Date of most recent change to recordJul 7 2011 7:44AM 
User who most recently changed recordjohb 
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District Office-- 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN111AX 
NTSB NumberANC11LA004 
Missing Aircraft Indicator-- 
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 135: Air Taxi & Commuter 
Type of Flight Plan filedIFR 
Flight plan Was Activated?Yes 
DamageSubstantial 
Aircraft FireNone 
Aircraft ExplosionNone 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full NameBEECH 
Aircraft Model1900C 
Aircraft Series Identifier-- 
Aircraft Serial NumberUC-81 
Certified Max Gross Weight17600 
Aircraft CategoryAirplane 
Aircraft Registration Class-- 
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 gearRetractable 
Aircraft, Type of Last InspectionContinuous Airworthiness 
Date of Last InspectionSep 29 2010 12:00AM 
Airframe hours since last inspection-- 
Airframe Hours56862 
ELT InstalledYes 
ELT ActivatedNo 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteNo 
ELT TypeUnknown 
Aircraft Owner NameALASKA CENTRAL EXPRESS INC 
Aircraft Owner Street Address5901 LOCKHEED AVE 
Aircraft Owner CityANCHORAGE 
Aircraft Owner StateAK 
Aircraft Owner CountryUSA  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode99502-1094 
Operator is an individual?No 
Operator NameALASKA CENTRAL EXPRESS INC 
Operator Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Is Doing Business As-- 
Operator Address Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Street Address5901 LOCKHEED AVE 
Operator CityANCHORAGE 
Operator StateAK 
Operator CountryUSA  
Operator Zip code99502-1094 
Operator Code-- 
Owner has at least one certificateYes - certificate holder 
Other Operator of large aircraft?No 
Certified for Part 133 or 137 Operation-- 
Operator Certificate Number-- 
Indicates whether an air carrier operation was scheduled or notNon-scheduled 
Indicates Domestic or International FlightDomestic 
Operator carrying Pax/Cargo/MailCargo 
Type of Flying (Per_Bus / Primary)-- 
Second Pilot on BoardYes 
Departure Point Same as EventNo 
Departure Airport CodePAJN 
Departure CityJuneau 
Departure StateAK 
Departure CountryUSA 
Departure Time608 
Departure Time ZoneADT 
Destination Same as Local Flt-- 
Destination Airport CodePAJN 
Destination CityJuneau 
Destination StateAK 
Destination CountryUSA 
Specific Phase of Flight-- 
Report sent to ICAO?-- 
Evacuation occurred-- 
Date of most recent change to recordMay 13 2011 4:54PM 
User who most recently changed recordstam 
Since inspection or accident-- 
Event Location Runway Number and Location11 
Runway Length6500 
Runway Width150 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--