All Engine Power Was Lost While On Final Approach To The Float-Pond

Location: Fairbanks, AK Accident Number: ANC20LA060
Date & Time: 06/15/2020, 1045 AKD Registration: N3186D
Aircraft: Cessna 180 Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation – Personal

On June 15, 2020, about 1045 Alaska daylight time, a Cessna 180, N3186D, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Fairbanks, Alaska. The pilot and two passengers were not injured. The Cessna 180 was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot of the float-equipped airplane reported that while on final approach to the float-pond at the Fairbanks International Airport (PAFA), Fairbanks, Alaska, all engine power was lost.

He added that the propeller continued to windmill and that there were no unusual noises or notable changes. Subsequently the floatplane landed short of the float-pond and all occupants were able to egress with no further incident.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

A review of PAFA Federal Aviation Administration air traffic control recordings revealed that the pilot was inbound from the north, requested to land on waterway 2, and never made a distress call or any other indication that something was wrong. The airplane was recovered and retained for a future examination.