The Fokker “Super Universal” was involved in two accidents. The first crash was on October 20, 1938 in Wiseman, Alaska when the landing gear failed. By February 7, 1939, mechanics had completed the repairs and the Fokker was in service again. The second accident, and ultimately its final flight, was on April 8, 1939. The Fokker was being used to ferry a replacement engine from Fairbanks to the Upper Koyukuk After successfully delivering the engine, the Fokker hit a snowdrift during takeoff, knocking off the landing gear. It went down and broke off a wing. No one was injured and the crew was rescued shortly after. The Fokker was abandoned on the mountaintop, in the southern Brooks Range, between the South Fork Koyukuk River and the Jim River in the Upper Moore Creek Drainage, 23 miles southeast of Coldfoot, Alaska.
On August 30, 1984 the Fokker “Super Universal” was salvaged and removed by helicopter to Fairbanks, Alaska and joined the Pioneer Air Museum Collection. At the time of the salvage, the crash vicinity still showed signs of a campfire and dinner implements: a large frying pan, two large ham cans, a small meat can, a rubber sole and odds and ends, which the pilots and mechanics used while awaiting rescue on the day following the accident. During recovery, the landing gear and other parts were removed from the aircraft’s frame. Before removal, archaeologists and aviation historians mapped the major components and surveyed the site. The engine was removed from the cargo compartment, and the airframe rolled upright and slung by helicopter to Prospect Creek, and trucked to the Fairbanks International Airport. Following this effort, the engines, landing gear, and other components were removed. Labor to extract the craft was donated by members of the Interior and Arctic Alaska Aeronautical Foundation, an organization composed of aviation experts and enthusiast and the foundation governing the Pioneer Air Museum. Funding was provided through a grant from the State Historic Preservation Office in Anchorage, Alaska.