Friday, December 18, 2015

Cessna 208 Caravan, N1265U, Kalinin Partners LLC d/b/a Alaska Seaplanes: Accident occurred May 24, 2017 in Elfin Cove, Alaska and Incident occurred December 17, 2015 in Tenakee, Alaska

Additional Participating Entity: Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Juneau, Alaska

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board:

Kalinin Partners LLC:

Location: Elfin Cove, AK
Accident Number: GAA17CA332
Date & Time: 05/24/2017, 0830 ADT
Registration: N1265U
Aircraft: CESSNA 208
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Hard landing
Injuries: 8 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Scheduled


The pilot of the float-equipped airplane reported that, during a water landing, he "misread the size of the swell". He added that, immediately after touchdown the airplane jumped a swell, which resulted in a tail low hard landing.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to recognize the magnitude of the swell size during landing, which resulted in a tail-low hard water landing. 


Personnel issues
Identification/recognition - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Choppy surface - Effect on operation (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight


Hard landing (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 45, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 5-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/01/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/12/2017
Flight Time: (Estimated) 5142 hours (Total, all aircraft), 150 hours (Total, this make and model), 5000 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 100 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 87 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N1265U
Model/Series: 208 A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2004
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 20800375
Landing Gear Type: Amphibian;
Seats: 8
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/09/2017, AAIP
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 8360 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Turbo Prop
Airframe Total Time: 2338.2 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Honeywell
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: TPE 331-12-JR
Rated Power: 900 hp
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Commuter Air Carrier (135); On-demand Air Taxi (135)
Operator Does Business As: Alaska Seaplanes
Operator Designator Code: P9KA

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PAEL, 20 ft msl
Observation Time: 1652 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 145°
Lowest Cloud Condition:  
Temperature/Dew Point: 8°C / 4°C
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 2200 ft agl
Visibility:  15 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots, 300°
Visibility (RVR): 
Altimeter Setting: 30.26 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV): 
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Juneau, AK (PAJN)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Destination: Elfin Cove, AK (ELV)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 0800 AKD
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Water
Airport Elevation: 0 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Water--choppy
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: VFR Approach/Landing:
Full Stop; Straight-in

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 7 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 8 None
Latitude, Longitude: 58.195278, -136.348333 (est)

December 17, 2015: While docking the aircraft got blown off the dock. 

Date:  17-DEC-15
Time:  19:46:00Z
Regis#:  N1265U
Aircraft Make:  CESSNA
Aircraft Model:  208
Event Type:  Incident
Highest Injury:  None
Damage:  Unknown
Flight Phase:  TAXI (TXI)
State:  Alaska

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