Thursday, April 13, 2017

Bellanca 8GCBC, N5045E: Accident occurred April 11, 2017 in Willow, Alaska

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

Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA228
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, April 11, 2017 in Willow, AK
Aircraft: BELLANCA 8GCBC, registration: N5045E
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 of a ski-equipped tailwheel airplane reported that during the landing roll on a snow-covered sand bar, about 15-20 miles per hour, the left ski impacted a submerged frozen sand berm. He added that the left ski "broke" and the airplane nosed over.

The vertical stabilizer and left 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.

Airmen on a training mission rescued a pilot who crashed his plane northwest of Anchorage on Tuesday.

Airmen with the Alaska Air National Guard’s 210th and 212th Rescue Squadrons were on a training mission in a HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter when they heard an audible emergency locator transmitter about 40 nautical miles, roughly 46 miles, northwest of Anchorage. The squadrons were tasked by the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center with responding to the crash in the vicinity of the Yentna River.

The airmen located the downed aircraft and the pilot and flew him to Providence Hospital for treatment.

The identity and the condition of the pilot have not been released.

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