Thursday, March 23, 2017

De Havilland Canada DHC-2 MK. I(L20A), N264P, Pacific Airways : Accident occurred March 22, 2017 at Ketchikan Harbor Seaplane Base (5KE), Ketchikan, 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 
  
Radial Power Enterprises LLC:   http://registry.faa.gov/N264P

Additional Participating Entity: 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Juneau, Alaska

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA200 
Scheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Wednesday, March 22, 2017 in Ketchikan, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/07/2017
Aircraft: DEHAVILLAND DHC-2, registration: N264P
Injuries: 3 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 of the float-equipped airplane reported that, before the takeoff, he taxied “out a little farther than normal” due to another airplane taxiing in the waterway. He added that, as he advanced the throttle, his forward view changed as the airplane came onto step position and that he subsequently saw a buoy in the takeoff path. The pilot immediately aborted the takeoff, but the right wing impacted the buoy. The pilot taxied back to the dock without further incident. 
The right wing sustained substantial damage.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures 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 floatplane pilot's failure to avoid a buoy during takeoff.

The pilot of the float-equipped airplane reported that before the takeoff he taxied "out a little farther than normal" due to another airplane taxiing in the waterway. He added that as he advanced the throttle, his forward view changed as the airplane came onto step position and he subsequently observed a buoy in the takeoff path. The pilot immediately aborted the takeoff, but the right wing impacted the buoy. The pilot taxied back to the dock without further incident. 

The right wing sustained substantial damage.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

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