This is a story that may or may not be representative for "Propliner Aviation", but it did struck me as material for someone's novel and that is something we find happening more often in this field of aviation. It has drama, deaths, determination to start again and.... propliners !
This plane was for sale by Frontier and in fact late 2000 sold to Mr. Jody Pond of Galaxy Air Cargo, who operated a DC-3 under the name of Majestic Air Cargo. As fate would have it, Mr Pond died in the crash of DC-3 N19454 at Unalaska on January 23rd, 2001. Below you will find the NTSB report on this accident.
Galaxy Air Cargo went into bankruptcy after this accident.
Tom Abbe (sr.) had worked for years with Majestic Air Cargo and decided to buy N59314 from the Bankruptcy Court and has registered (sep.2001) his new founded company at Palmer,Alaska as Abbe Air Cargo. He was to serve the local community and was to pick up where Woods Air and Majestic Air Cargo now belong to history.. except by 2002 he had to conclude the business plan could not afford the insurance premiums.
C-47A N59312 (cn12363), Frontier Flying Service
Fairbanks,Alaska (August 1995)
NTSB Identification: ANC01FA033
Nonscheduled 14 CFRPart 135 operation of Air Taxi & Commuter Galaxy Air Cargo Inc. (D.B.A. Majestic Air Cargo)
Accident occurred Tuesday, January 23, 2001 at Unalaska, AK
Aircraft:Douglas DC-3, registration: N19454
Injuries: 2 Fatal.
(Disclaimer: This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed).
On January 23, 2001, about 2135 Alaska standard time, a Douglas DC-3 airplane, N19454, was destroyed by impact and postimpact fire after colliding with mountainous terrain, about 4.5 miles northwest of Unalaska, Alaska. The airplane was being operated as a visual flight rules (VFR) nonscheduled domestic cargo flight under Title 14, CFR Part 135, when the accident occurred. The airplane was operated by Galaxy Air Cargo Inc., doing business as Majestic Air Cargo, Anchorage, Alaska. The Captain and the First Officer, both airline transport certificated pilots, received fatal injuries. Dark night, visual meteorological conditions prevailed. A flight plan was not filed. The flight originated at the Unalaska Airport, about 2130. (11 October 2001)
More details on Accident report N19454.
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