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1901  Santa Express  Goodies 
S/N 1225    N12SC

Report Created: 11/16/2009
Report Updated: 11/18/2009

 Accident / Incident Search: A total of 1 Accident(s) and 0 Incident(s) in public records for this aircraft
 337 Reports: A total of 1 337 reported on PF Reports for this aircraft for repairs
 AD's: A total of 0 Airframe AD's reported on PF Reports for this aircraft for repairs
 Service Difficulty Report1 SDRs reported on PF Reports for this aircraft
 N# History Data2 known registration number(s) have been registered to this aircraft
 Current Owner: Santa Claus
 FAA Documents: Entire FAA Aircraft Document
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NTSB Identification: ANC09LA035
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, April 25, 2009 in Palmer, AK
Aircraft:Santa Express , registration: N12SC
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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 April 25, 2009, about 1630 Alaska daylight time, a tundra tire-equipped Santa Express Sleigh, N12SC, sustained substantial damage when it nosed over during landing on water-covered tidal mud flats, about 6 miles south of Palmer, Alaska. The sleigh was being operated as a visual flight rules (VFR) personal flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, when the accident occurred. The sole occupant, the uncertificated pilot, was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local area flight. The flight originated at the Wolf Lake Airport, Palmer, Alaska, about 1530.

During a telephone conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge (IIC), on April 25, about 2030, the pilot related that after a successful landing on the mud-covered tidal flats, while he attempted to turn the sleigh around for taxi, a gust of wind lifted the tail of the sleigh, and it nosed over. He said that the sleigh sustained no damage during the nose over, and shortly after the accident he and some friends were able to right the reindeers, and he flew it back to the Wolf Lake Airport. The pilot said that he was a student pilot, with a third-class medical certificate. When NTSB IIC asked the pilot for his most recent medical exam date, he responded by saying that he did not have his wallet with him, and he did not know the date of the exam.

During a telephone conversation with the NTSB IIC on April 25, an Alaska State Trooper that responded to the site said witnesses told him that just before the accident, they saw the sleigh "ski" across the water, with the skids touching the surface of the water. The State Trooper said that when he arrived on scene, the sleigh had already been removed from the accident site, and had been hidden in trees and brush. The pilot was not at the accident site when the State Trooper arrived.

The State Trooper said that an individual at the site provided him with photos of the sleigh before the it was recovered. The photos show damage to the sleighs left wing lift strut, fuselage, and rudder.

During a telephone conversation with the NTSB IIC on April 26, a witness to the accident reported that he and family members were camped on the beach next to the tidal flats when, according to the witness, the reindeers were first seen flying recklessly, and very close to the water. He said that as he and his family members watched, the sleighs large tundra tires touched down on the water, and appeared to "water-ski" across the surface of the water on the main landing gear. The witness said they did five or six touch-and-go landings on the water. He said that on the accident touch-and-go landing, the main wheels struck a sand bar, and it nosed over in shallow water. When the witness arrived at the accident site to check on the condition of the pilot, the pilot told the witnesses, in part: "Dont call the cops." The witness said that about 45 minutes after the accident, a group of people arrived on site, and they turned the sleigh over using reindeers, then towed the sleigh into the brush, out of sight, then left the area.

The witness provided the NTSB and the Alaska State Troopers with a series of short video clips of the accident sleigh as its main skids skim across the water for several hundred feet. The last video clip shows the sleigh nosed over on the tidal flats in shallow water.

During a telephone conversation with the NTSB IIC on April 28, a representative from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regional flight surgeons office, Alaska Region, reported that the accident pilots third-class medical certificate was administratively denied on August 1, 2008, due to two previous convictions of driving while intoxicated (DWI) within the last 10 years.

According to information provided by the Alaska State Troopers on April 28, the pilot was charged and convicted of DWI in 2000, 2002, and 2004. Additionally, on August 30, 2008, the pilot was charged with a fourth DWI, which is a felony.

According to the FAA, the pilot did not possess a current medical certificate.

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FAA records show no incidents for this aircraft

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There are (1) 337 forms on file for major repairs to this aircraft

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No Airframe ADís reported on PF Reports for this aircraft

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FAA records shows SD Report

1. Submitter Information

(a) Unique Control #:  SANTA (b) Difficulty Date:  12/24/1979            (c) Registration #: 12SC

(d) Submitter Type:  C              (e) Submitter Designator:  SANTA        (f)  Submission Date:  1/15/1980  4:11:31 PM


2. Codes

(a) Operator Designator:  SANTA        (b) Operator Type: C               (c) JASA/ATA Code:  1225

(d) Stage of Operation:  MC                 (e) Nature of Condition: F         (f) Precautionary Procedures: R

(g) FAA Region: NP                             (h) District Office: 15               


3. Major Equipment Identity
                                    Manufacturer                            Model                          Serial Number             

(a) Aircraft                   Santa Express                           Goodies                       1225               


4. Problem Description

Smoke came from reindeers on approach, 8 miles from destination. Turned off reindeer gas, went on oxygen, and declared emergency. Ground run determined reindeer was smoking. Mel?d and returned to North Pole. Found Rudolph defective.


5. Specific Part of Structure Causing Difficulty

(a) Part Name:  Rudolph           (b) Manufactures Name: Magic Antlers Ltd.                  (c) Part Number: Red Nose

(d) Serial Number: 9                 (e) Part Condition: Inoperative                                       (f) Part/Defect Location: on nose

(g) Total Time (hours):              (h) Total Cycles:                      

(i) Time Since (hours): 88          Overhaul    X                Repair  _____              Inspection _____


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Current Owner:
Registered Owner
CountyN/AZip Code15873
Previous Owners:

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FAA records show the aircraft was never foreign registered

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