Everts DC93 near Bethel on Dec 23rd 2017, loss of cabin pressure, structural damage due to unsecured cargo jack

Last Update: August 31, 2019 / 14:43:51 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 23, 2017

Classification
Accident

Flight number
5V-960

Aircraft Registration
N935CE

Aircraft Type
DOUGLAS DC-9-30

ICAO Type Designator
DC93

An Everts Air Cargo Douglas DC-9-30, registration N935CE performing flight 5V-960 from Bethel,AK to Anchorage,AK (USA) with 3 crew, was climbing out of Bethel above 13,000 feet when the crew reported problems with the cabin pressure, descended the aircraft to 10,000 feet and decided to return to Bethel. The aircraft landed safely back in Bethel about 35 minutes after departure. There were no injuries, the aircraft sustained substantial damage.

The FAA reported a post flight examination revealed structural damage as result of an unsecured cargo jack. The aircraft sustained substantial damage, the occurrence was rated an accident.

On Feb 16th 2019 (!) the NTSB reported they have opened an investigation into the occurrence rated an accident without providing an abstract of what happened, just confirming the date and tail number. The NTSB wrote: "NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report."

On Aug 31st 2019 the NTSB released their brief final report concluding the probable cause of the accident was:

failure of a cargo tie-down fastener, resulting in unsecured cargo striking the pressure bulkhead.

The NTSB reported: "The depressurization resulted from a pallet jack in the cargo compartment impacting the rear pressure bulkhead, resulting in substantial damage to the airplane. Inspection revealed a tie-down fastener for the pallet jack had pulled out."
Aircraft Registration Data
Registration mark
N935CE
Country of Registration
United States
Date of Registration
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Manufacturer
MCDONNELL DOUGLAS
Aircraft Model / Type
DC-9-33F
Number of Seats
ICAO Aircraft Type
DC93
Year of Manufacture
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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 23, 2017

Classification
Accident

Flight number
5V-960

Aircraft Registration
N935CE

Aircraft Type
DOUGLAS DC-9-30

ICAO Type Designator
DC93

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