Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Cessna 206, N9610Z: Accident occurred April 29, 2016 in Port Alsworth, Alaska


NTSB Identification: GAA16CA207
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, April 29, 2016 in Port Alsworth, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/15/2016
Aircraft: CESSNA U206, registration: N9610Z
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that during the initial touchdown in gusty wind conditions, the airplane landed hard. The pilot further reported that after the hard landing the airplane bounced, aerodynamically stalled, and subsequently impacted the ground nose wheel landing gear first and nosed over. 

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage, and the empennage. 

According to the pilot there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:

The pilot's failure to maintain an appropriate descent rate during the landing flare in gusty crosswind conditions, which resulted in a hard landing, aerodynamic stall, impact with terrain, nose gear collapse, and nose over.

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