Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Cessna T207, N91025, Smokey Bay Air Inc: Accident occurred August 23, 2016 at Nanwalek Airport (KEB), 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 

Artic Aviation Leasing LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N91025

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Anchorage FSDO-03 


NTSB Identification: GAA16CA445 
Scheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 23, 2016 in Nanwalek, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/18/2017
Aircraft: CESSNA T207, registration: N91025
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 landing the wind sock at the airport indicated that the wind was variable, about 5 knots, and predominately favored runway 1. 
According to the FAA airport facility directory, runway 01/19 was 1,850 feet long, and soft gravel. However, 1,000 feet of northern portion of the runway was closed indefinitely. 

The pilot recalled that about 500 feet down the 1,850 foot runway, and just before touchdown the airplane encountered, “a pretty rapid shift in the winds in both direction and velocity.” He reported that the airplane touched down momentarily, and then went airborne again. After the second touchdown, the speed did not decline as expected, and although the airplane did start to slow as it got a better grip on the gravel (which was wet from rain that had occurred earlier), he ran out of runway. He reported that the airplane overran the runway at a groundspeed of about 10 knots, went down a small embankment, had a propeller strike and the airplane sustained substantial damage when the left wing struck a post. 

The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or anomalies during the flight that would have prevented normal flight operations. 
The pilot reported that he considered going around, but due to the wind and terrain rejected the idea.

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

The pilot’s unstabilized approach and a subsequent runway overrun while landing on a short runway in variable wind conditions. 

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