Case Number: AK12201013
Type: Aircraft Accident-Injuries
Text: At 1131 on 3/13/2012, Alaska State Troopers received a report of a float plane crash in the Niblack Mine area approximately 30 miles southwest of Ketchikan. U.S.C.G., Alaska State Troopers, Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad, Temsco Helicopters, and Guardian Flight Services responded. The plane and the two occupants were located on a beach near the Niblack mine by a Good Samaritan vessel. The pilot Ernest Robb, age 64, of Ketchikan, and passenger Murray Richardson, age 56, of Vancouver, BC sustained moderate non-life threatening injuries and were transported to Ketchikan Peace health Medical Center by Guardian flight services and later airlifted to Harbor View Medical Center in Seattle. Robb was flying a DeHavilland Beaver owned by Southeast Aviation of Ketchikan. Initial investigation revealed that weather was a factor in the accident due to heavy snow and zero visibility closing in around the plane shortly after take off. The FAA, and NTSB have been notified.
FAA IDENTIFICATION Regis#: 82SF Make/Model: DHC2 Description: DHC-2 MK1 BEAVER (U-6, L-20) Date: 03/13/2012 Time: 1840 Event Type: Incident Highest Injury: None Mid Air: N Missing: N Damage: Unknown LOCATION City: KETCHIKAN State: AK Country: US DESCRIPTION N82SF SOUTHEAST AVIATION DEHAVILLAND BEAVER DHC-2 AIRCRAFT FORCE LANDED ON A BEACH, NEAR PORT JOHNSON PRINCE OF WALES, 27 MILES FROM KETCHIKAN, AK INJURY DATA Total Fatal: 0 # Crew: 2 Fat: 0 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk: 2 # Pass: 0 Fat: 0 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk: # Grnd: Fat: 0 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk: OTHER DATA Activity: Business Phase: Unknown Operation: OTHER FAA FSDO: JUNEAU, AK (AL05) Entry date: 03/14/2012