Northern Air Cargo

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Northern Air Cargo
Northern Air Cargo Logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
AOC #NACA002A[1]
HubsTed Stevens Anchorage International Airport
SubsidiariesAlta Air Logistics
Fleet size5
Destinations14 + charter
Parent companySaltchuk Resources, Inc.
HeadquartersAnchorage, Alaska, USA
Employees289 (2007)

Northern Air Cargo is an American cargo airline based in Anchorage, Alaska, USA. It operates services within Alaska and to Canada and contiguous United States. Its main base is Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, with a hub at Fairbanks International Airport.[2]


NAC operated one of only two DC-6s that had been converted to swing-tail configuration
Northern Air Cargo 737 landing at Anchorage Airport

The airline was established in 1956 as a charter freight service by Bobby Sholton and Morrie Carlson. It was Alaska's first scheduled all-cargo airline. Ownership later passed to the Sholton family. Its wholly owned subsidiary, NAC Link (Now Alta Air Logistics), is a freight forwarding company. In February 2006 the airline and its subsidiaries were wholly acquired by Seattle-based Saltchuk Resources. It has 289 employees (at March 2007).[2]


As of July 2017, Northern Air Cargo operates scheduled freight services to the following Alaskan domestic destinations:[3][4]. The company also offers charter services.


As of November 2018 the Northern Air Cargo fleet includes:

Northern Air Cargo Fleet
Aircraft Total Notes
Boeing 737-200 1
Boeing 737-300 2
Boeing 737-400 1
Boeing 767-300 2 one leased to Strat Air

Previously operated[edit]

Northern Air Cargo has previously operated the following aircraft:[2][5]

A Fairchild C-82A "Packet" of NAC, April 1985
Northern Air Cargo Retired Fleet
Aircraft Total Notes
Boeing 737-400 1 Leased from Miami Air for passenger transport
ATR 42-300 1
Boeing 727-100F 3 One crashed (N190AJ)
Boeing 727-100C 1
Douglas DC-6 13 Two crashed (N867TA) and (N313RS)
Fairchild C-82 2


Northern Air Cargo currently is contracted to handle passenger services for the following:

The NAC DC-6 that crashed on 20 July 1996, April 1985
The NAC DC-6 that crashed on 25 September 2001, June 1989

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On July 20, 1996, Northern Air Cargo Flight 33, a Douglas DC-6 (registration N313RS) was flying from (Emmonak to Aniak) when it crashed as it attempted an emergency landing at Russian Mission. The emergency landing was due to the #3 engine catching fire. As the plane made its approach and when it was turning to final, its right wing was seen folded up. The plane rolled to the right, nose down and slammed into the ground. All 4 on board were killed, including a jump seat passenger, Robert West, a Bush Pilot employed by Grant Aviation. The cause of the crash was determined to be the fatigue on the engine and improper procedures, (failure to feather #3 Prop) during an emergency by the pilots on board.[6]
  • On September 25, 2001, the left wing broke off of a Northern Air Cargo Douglas DC-6BF, registration N867TA, while landing on Alpine Airstrip, AK, on a cargo flight from Deadhorse Airport. Subsequently, the aircraft veered off the left side of the runway and was destroyed in a post-crash fire. All 3 crewmembers on board survived. The aircraft was written off.[7]


  1. ^ "Federal Aviation Administration - Airline Certificate Information - Detail View". Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  2. ^ a b c "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-10. p. 57.
  3. ^ Flight International, 5–11 April 2005
  4. ^ "Routes and Locations | NAC". Retrieved 2017-07-22.
  5. ^ Flight International, 3–9 October 2006
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "ASN aircraft accident Douglas DC-6BF N867TA Deadhorse-Alpine Airstrip, AK (DQH)". Aviation Safety Network. Flight Safety Foundation. Retrieved October 15, 2018.

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