Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Cessna T206H, Umailik LLC, N6251K: Accident occurred July 04, 2016 in Halibut Cove, Alaska

UMAILIK LLC:   http://registry.faa.gov/N6251K

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Anchorage FSDO-03

NTSB Identification: ANC16LA038
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, July 03, 2016 in Halibut Cove, AK
Aircraft: CESSNA 206, registration: N6251K
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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 July 3, 2016, about 1753 Alaska daylight time, an amphibious float-equipped Cessna 206 airplane, N6251K, sustained substantial damage after impacting trees during an aborted landing in the ocean waters of Halibut Cove, Alaska. The private pilot, the sole occupant, sustained no injuries. The airplane was registered to Umailik LLC, Anchorage, Alaska and operated by the pilot as a visual flight rules (VFR) cross-country personal flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed. The airplane departed the Homer Airport, Homer, Alaska, about 1742 destined for Halibut Cove.

During a series of telephone interviews with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge (IIC) on July 4, various witnesses to the accident reported that as the accident airplane approached from the west, it briefly touched down in the calm, glassy waters of Halibut Cove, before becoming airborne again. The witnesses consistently reported that after the airplane began a steep climb to the west, it veered sharply to the left while in a nose high attitude. As the airplane continued climbing in a south-southwest direction, it subsequently struck a large stand of trees on the southern shoreline of Halibut Cove. The witnesses said that during the collision sequence, the airplane's left float was severed, and the airplane immediately descended, nose first, into the waters of Halibut Cove. The airplane subsequently struck the water about 100 feet from a commercial tour vessel that was operating within Halibut Cove. 

The pilot was able to free herself from the partially submerged and sinking wreckage, and rescuers were able to reach the airplane just moments after the accident and provide assistance. 

The witness's observations were supported by numerous photographs that were subsequently provided to the NTSB IIC. 

The closest weather reporting facility is Homer Airport, Homer, Alaska, about 11 miles northwest of the accident site. At 1753, an aviation routine weather report (METAR) from the Homer Airport was reporting in part: wind from 260 degrees at 9 knots, gusting to 14 knots; sky condition, broken clouds at 2,600 feet; visibility, 10 statute miles; temperature 61 degrees F, dewpoint 48 degrees F; altimeter, 29.92 inHg.

Big Fourth of July holiday excitement came early to the tiny community of Halibut Cove on the tip of Alaska Kenai Peninsula when Alice Rogoff – the owner of Alaska’s largest newspaper, the wife of one of the country’s richest men and a float-rated pilot – Saturday smashed her plane in the harbor.

Multiple sources say Rogoff was at the controls of one of her two Cessna 206 aircraft when it clipped an eagle-nest tree and then smacked down on the water. The float-equipped, single-engine plane landed hard enough to cause damage that led to its sinking, but there were no reports of injuries.

Rogoff often has a professional pilot in the seat of the plane while she takes the copilot seat, but on this occasion she apparently ferried herself to the Cove either for the wedding of former Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell or the 91st birthday of revered former state Sen. Clem Tillion or both.

Both events were underway in the Kachemak Bay hideaway on the weekend.

Treadwell is now head of  PT Capital, an Alaska-based private equity firm started by Rogoff. Rogoff’s husband, billionaire David Rubenstein, is famous as one of the founders of The Carlyle Group, a private equity firm which manages $178 billion in global assets including part of the Alaska Permanent Fund.

Rubenstein was not with Rogoff when the plane crashed.

Read more here:  https://craigmedred.news

ANCHORAGE – The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a crash involving a Cessna 206 on floats near Halibut Cove Sunday. 

Alaska State Trooper spokesperson Tim Despain said the crash was reported to them at 5:53 p.m., and troopers responded by boat, but when they arrived, the pilot had already left the scene of the crash.

“It was reported that the pilot had no major injuries and had been safely transported by a private party,” he said.

Despain said the pilot was the only person in the plane, and troopers have turned over the aircraft incident to the NTSB to investigate the cause of the crash.

Online records show the plane is registered to Umailik, LLC, a company for which Alice Rogoff, the owner of Alaska Dispatch News, is listed as the agent. Clint Johnson, Regional NTSB Chief in Anchorage, confirmed to KTVA the registered owner was flying the plane, with the tail number N6251K.

According a guest at the wedding of Mead Treadwell, former lieutenant governor of Alaska, Rogoff was attending the wedding in Halibut Cove Saturday evening.

KTVA’s voicemail to Rogoff requesting a comment has not been returned.

Story and video:  http://www.ktva.com

Publisher Alice Rogoff is being sued by a former partner in her Alaska media business. (Loren Holmes/Alaska Dispatch News)

No one said being a media mogul was easy.

Alice Rogoff, the wife of Washington-based billionaire financier/philanthropist David Rubenstein, is facing legal and business challenges in her improbable quest to build a news empire in Alaska.

She’s being sued by a former lieutenant, who claimed in a court filing last week that he is owed more than $1 million. (Weird detail: The contract he cites was drawn up on a cocktail napkin in pen.) And her company, which purchased the Anchorage Daily News from McClatchy in 2014, last month filed a lawsuit against the seller, claiming McClatchy hid expenses before the sale and hasn’t lived up to the terms of the sales contract — though the parties settled that matter, her lawyer said.

Rogoff is being sued by Tony Hopfinger, co-founder of a scrappy news website that Rogoff purchased in 2009 and built into a larger organization, adding staff and eventually buying the Anchorage daily paper and merging the two. In his lawsuit, Hopfinger says Rogoff still owes him $900,000 of the $1 million she promised him as a buyout — and memorialized in her handwriting on a napkin.

Rogoff’s attorney said in a statement that the money, to be doled out at $100,000 annually, essentially was meant as compensation for continued work at the paper, and that Hopfinger — who has since moved to Chicago — wasn’t earning it. “Unfortunately, Hopfinger did not live up to his promises,” the statement says.

In the other, now-settled, lawsuit, Rogoff’s company sought $700,000 in damages from McClatchy related to its sale of the Anchorage Daily News, citing breach of contract — most significantly, that McClatchy didn’t disclose an expensive contract with the Associated Press on its books.

The Post magazine last year ran a lengthy profile of 65-year-old Rogoff, who first visited Alaska in 2001 and soon decided to become a player there in the 49th state’s environmental and business issues.

“This place is my second home,” she told the magazine.

Original article can be found here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com

The owner of the Alaska Dispatch News, Alice Rogoff, crashed her floatplane about 5:50 p.m. Sunday, July 3, in Halibut Cove. She was the pilot and only occupant. Rogoff did not suffer any injuries, she said in a statement.

In a press release, Alaska Wildlife Troopers reported they responded by boat to the crash and found that the pilot was the only occupant and that she had left the scene before troopers arrived. Rogoff was safely transported by a private party, troopers said. The incident has been turned over to the National Transportation Safety Board, troopers said.

According to a statement released through her Anchorage lawyer, Brent Cole, Rogoff “is physically fine.”

“Fortunately she was not hurt and wants to thank all the people in Halibut Cove for their generosity and good spirits,” she said in the statement. “Clem Tillion’s 91st birthday party went on as planned and Ms. Rogoff was delighted to attend.”

Rogoff said she crashed her Cessna 206 after an aborted landing. A photo of the crash shows the plane on the beach of Ismailof Island, where the community of Halibut Cove is located. The plane’s fuselage is mostly intact, but with the right wing folded at a 90-degree angle, the other wing bent, one float crumpled under the fuselage and the other float missing.

NTSB investigator Clinton Johnson said on Monday that the NTSB had been notified of the crash about 10 p.m. Sunday. Johnson said it was reported that the Cessna hit a tree before landing in the water.

“Thankfully, there were no injuries,” he said.

The NTSB will release a preliminary report in about a week. The plane has been removed by helicopter from the Halibut Cove beach.

In her statement, Rogoff said the cause of the accident has not yet been determined and she is working with authorities to determine what happened.

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