"Let's keep crashin' to a minimum."
Daniel "Smitty" Smith, owner of Hub Air Service, 1979

Ophir Mine strip.  Just dirt in a forest and about 1,800 feet long.

No, I wasn't trying to hide the airplane.  This small willow grove gave us quite a soft crash landing.

Note the bending trees under the wing and fuselage.

Curled prop, sheared nose gear, and a few dents in the leading edge was all the damage I managed.  I was lucky no spars or ribs were damaged thus avoiding the "accident" label.  No structural damage allowed an "incident" label on the FAA paperwork.

Any faster hitting this grove and it would have been a different story.

Hub Air's mechanic brought our 235 to the rescue with baling wire, steel angle irons, and aluminum sheet metal to tack over the leading edges.

This Cessna 185 on floats ran out of gas and was doing great until he hit the rise in the tundra and flipped over.  Notice his float tracks.

A large chopper flew in from Anchorage to salvage this only slightly damaged floatplane.

This DC-3 experienced a collapsed main landing gear long ago on takeoff from McGrath across the river from this final resting place.  As the gear collapsed, the left prop hit the asphalt digging grooves that are were still there in 1979.  The airplane crashed in the trees just on the opposite shore of the river, and burned.  No one survived.

All that remains of the ill-fated DC-3 from above.

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