Date: September 18, 2000
Time: 15:10
Location: Nuiqsut, Alaska
Operator: Cape Smythe Air Service
Flight #: 181
Route: Deadhorse - Nuiqsut
AC Type: Piper PA-31-350 Navajo
Registration: N220CS
cn / ln: 8275013
Aboard: 10   (passengers:9  crew:1)
Fatalities: 5   (passengers:4  crew:1)
Ground: 0
Summary: The belly cargo pod lightly scraped the runway for about 40 feet, but the airplane transitioned to a climb. As the airplane began climbing away from the runway, the landing gear was observed to extend. The airplane climbed to about 100 to 150 feet above the ground, and then began a descending left turn. The airplane collided with the ground on a 95 degree heading. The wreckage path extended for about 300 feet, during which the landing gear, left wing, and the left engine separated from the airplane. A postcrash fire destroyed the fuselage, right wing, and the right engine. The pilot's failure to extend the landing gear, his improper aborted landing procedure, and inadvertent stall/mush. Factors in the accident were an improper adjustment of the landing gear warning horn system by company maintenance personnel, and the failure of the pilot to utilize the prelanding checklist.

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