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Cessna 207 Stationair 7, DIO Air LLC, N91170; accident occurred June 17, 2016 near Goodnews Airport (GNU), Alaska -Kathryn's Report


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Anchorage FSDO-03

NTSB Identification: ANC16LA032
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, June 17, 2016 in Goodnews Bay, AK
Aircraft: CESSNA 207, registration: N91170
Injuries: 1 Serious.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On June 17, 2016, about 1200 Alaska daylight time, a Cessna 207 airplane, N91170, sustained substantial damage after impacting steep, rising terrain about 8 miles northwest of the Goodnews Airport, Goodnews Bay, Alaska. The airplane was registered DIO Air, LLC, and operated by Renfrow's Alaskan Adventures, Inc., Bethel, Alaska, as a visual flight rules (VFR) repositioning flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. The commercial pilot, the sole occupant, sustained serious injuries. Instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) prevailed at the time of the accident, and company flight following procedures were in effect. The flight departed about 1020 from the Quinhagak Airport (AQH), Quinhagak, Alaska, destined for Goodnews Airport (GNU). 

During a hospital room interview with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge on June 19, in Anchorage, Alaska, the pilot stated that after departing AQH, and as the flight progressed into an area of mountainous terrain, low clouds inhibited his ability to distinguish the correct route through the mountains from the incorrect route. When he discovered he had chosen the incorrect route, he was in an area that was too narrow and steep to safely turn around. In an effort to reduce his turning radius and avoid the rising terrain ahead, he initiated a steep climb while turning the airplane 180 degrees. During the steep climbing turn, the airplane entered IMC, and the airplane subsequently impacted an area of rock-covered rising terrain. He estimated the cloud ceilings to be about 800 feet mean sea level (msl) and his cruise altitude was about 700 feet msl before initiating the climbing turn.

The closest weather reporting facility is Platinum Airport, about 14 southwest of the accident site. At 1156, an aviation routine weather report (METAR) from the Platinum Airport was reporting in part: wind from 210 degrees at 12 knots; visibility 10 statute miles; temperature 48 degrees F, dewpoint 45 degrees F; altimeter 29.85 inHg.


Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story stated that the Alaska Air National Guard was involved in the rescue operation. Only the Alaska Army National Guard was involved in the rescue with regard to military assets.

The pilot and sole occupant of a Cessna 207 Skywagon airplane was found alive after the aircraft crashed near Goodnews Bay on Friday afternoon, according to the Alaska Army National Guard.

Alaska State Troopers say the wreckage of the plane was discovered by a pilot participating in a search when the aircraft was reported overdue at around 1:30 p.m.

“Another pilot landed nearby and reported back that the pilot was injured,” troopers wrote.

The Rescue Coordination Center was contacted and an Army National Guard crew stationed in Bethel and two local EMTs responded to the crash with a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, according to guard spokesperson Lt. Col Candis Olmstead.

“At 4:50 p.m., the UH-60 arrived at the crash site 93 miles south of Bethel,” Olmstead told Channel 2 in an email. “EMTs tended to and stabilized the patient, who was found with facial and spinal injuries. They departed the crash site at 5:30 p.m.”

The injured pilot was transported to Bethel and then transferred onto a LifeMed jet for transportation to Anchorage, Olmstead said.


An active rescue operation is underway following a small plane crash near Goodnews Bay in Western Alaska, according to NTSB spokesman Clint Johnson.

Johnson said the agency was notified of a missing Cessna out of Bethel at around 2 p.m. Search teams located wreckage from the aircraft at around 3:15 p.m.

Johnson could not immediately confirm the number of people on board the aircraft or the severity of any injuries.

Original article can be found here:

A pilot was found alive after his plane crashed on Friday about 93 miles south of Bethel, according to the Alaska National Guard.

There were no passengers aboard the blue and white Cessna 207, said Lt. Col. Candis Olmstead, guard spokesperson.

The plane was first reported overdue around 2 p.m. Friday and a search began, according to Clint Johnson, National Transportation Safety Board's Alaska chief.

The guard launched a helicopter that flew to the crash site near Goodnews Bay, said Olmstead.

The helicopter crew arrived at the crash site at 4:50 p.m. and medics stabilized the pilot, who had facial and spinal injuries, she said. The pilot was flown to Bethel and then taken on a LifeMed Alaska flight to Anchorage, she said.

The cause of the crash was not known Friday evening, Johnson said.

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