Friday, July 1, 2016

Cessna U206F, N9575G, Golden Eagle Outfitters: Accident occurred May 22, 2017 in Noatak; Incident occurred June 30, 2016 in Point Lay; Accident occurred October 09, 2012 in Buckland, Alaska

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf 

Golden Eagle Outfitters: http://registry.faa.gov/N9575G

NTSB Identification: ANC17LA024
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Monday, May 22, 2017 in Noatak, AK
Aircraft: CESSNA U206F, registration: N9575G
Injuries: 2 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 May 22, 2017 about 1823 Alaska daylight time, a Cessna U206F airplane, N9575G, was destroyed following a fire while taxiing after landing, at a remote unimproved off airport landing site near Noatak, Alaska. The airplane was registered to and operated by Golden Eagle Outfitters, as a visual flight rules (VFR) flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 135 when the accident occurred. The certificated commercial pilot and sole passenger were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and company flight following procedures were in effect. The flight departed Ralph Wein Memorial Airport, Kotzebue, Alaska about 1800.

During a telephone conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge (IIC) on May 23, the pilot reported that after landing, he taxied to the end of the remote landing site and turned around while raising the airplane's flaps. Immediately thereafter, he began to feel heat on the left side of his face. After glancing out the left side pilot window, then turning to the right, he noticed flames in the aft cabin near the right-side cargo door. Both the pilot and passenger immediately exited the airplane. The pilot stated that he attempted to regain access to the burning airplane through the right-side cargo door, but was unable due to the heat and flames. The majority of the fuselage and right wing were consumed by fire. A detailed wreckage examination is pending following recovery of the airplane.

The closest communicated and archived weather reporting facility was the Ralph Wein Memorial Airport, Kotzebue, Alaska, about 38 miles south of the accident site. At 1758, an Aviation Routine Weather Report (METAR) from Ralph Wein Memorial Airport was reporting, in part: wind from 280 degrees at 9 knots; visibility, 10 statute miles; clouds and sky condition, clear; temperature, 55 degrees F; dew point 27 degrees F; altimeter, 29.71 inHG.

Aircraft struck the prop during taxi

Date: 01-JUL-16

Time: 00:30:00Z
Regis#: N9575G
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 206
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Minor
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
City: POINT LAY
State: Alaska

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

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

NTSB Identification: ANC13CA002
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, October 09, 2012 in Buckland, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/19/2012
Aircraft: CESSNA U206F, registration: N9575G
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 while on final approach to a remote gravel bar adjacent to a river, in gusty and variable wind conditions, the 10-knot headwind subsided just before touchdown, and the airplane descend below the anticipated approach path. He initiated a go-around, but the right wing abruptly dropped, and the right main wheel struck the water, which pivoted the airplane 90 degrees to the right. The airplane’s right wing subsequently struck the surface of the water, sustaining substantial damage. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical anomalies with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.


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

The pilot's loss of airplane control during final approach in gusty wind conditions.

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