Date: January 29, 1997
Time: 23:10
Location: Sparrevohn, Alaska
Operator: Southcentral Air
Flight #: ?
Route: St. Marys - Kenai
AC Type: de Havilland Canada DHC-4A Caribou
Registration: N702SC
cn / ln: 126
Aboard: 2   (passengers:0  crew:2)
Fatalities: 1   (passengers:0  crew:1)
Ground: 0
Summary: While en rote the plane experienced engine trouble. The crew decided to divert to Sparrevohn. While attempting to land the plane encountered strong turbulence from surrounding mountains. Although full power was applied to the good engine the plane crashed into terrain. Loss of the right engine propeller control oil, which led to an overspeed of the right engine and propeller, and necessitated a shut-down of the right engine; and failure of the pilot to maintain adequate altitude/distance from terrain during visual approach for a precautionary landing at an alternate airport. Factors relating to the accident were: fluctuation of the left engine power, premature lowering of the airplane flaps, and an encounter with adverse weather conditions (including high winds, severe turbulence, and white-out conditions) during the approach.

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