Saturday, June 10, 2017

Cessna 207A Stationair 8, N207RB, registered to Moro Aircraft Leasing Inc and operated by NorthAir Inc: Accident occurred June 06, 2017 in Homer, Alaska

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

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Homer, AK

Accident Number: GAA17CA353
Date & Time: 06/06/2017, 1615 ADT
Registration: N207RB
Aircraft: CESSNA 207
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing gear collapse
Injuries: 5 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled


The pilot reported that, while landing on a beach, he "felt a significant push to the right toward the water and was concerned with going into the water" ... He added that he initiated a go-around, but the nose wheel "caught and apparently broke off".

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

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

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's decision to land on unsuitable terrain, which resulted in the nosewheel breaking and a subsequent noseover. 


Personnel issues
Decision making/judgment - Pilot (Cause)
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues 

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-aborted after touchdown
Landing gear collapse
Dragged wing/rotor/float/other


Nose over/nose down

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 47, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/11/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/21/2017
Flight Time: (Estimated) 1409 hours (Total, all aircraft), 11 hours (Total, this make and model), 1248 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 47 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 22 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N207RB
Model/Series: 207 A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1980
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 20700606
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 6
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 11/03/2016, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3800 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 21450.2 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C126 installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: IO-520F
Rated Power: 300 hp
Operator: Northair, INC.
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Commuter Air Carrier (135)
Operator Does Business As:
Operator Designator Code: 8NIA

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PALJ, 260 ft msl
Observation Time: 0058 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 41 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 300°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Temperature/Dew Point: 15°C / 8°C
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 7000 ft agl
Visibility:  30 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 12 knots, 70°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 29.73 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: KENAI, AK (ENA)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Destination: Homer, AK
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1536 ADT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 4 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 5 None
Latitude, Longitude: 59.866111, -153.118611 (est)

A bear-viewing excursion ended abruptly on Tuesday when a NorthAir Cessna 207 crash landed on a beach in Chinitna Bay.  

The flight originated in Kenai and approached the beach landing site at approximately 4:30 p.m.  

All six occupants, one pilot and five passengers were reportedly uninjured and required no medical attention.

Clint Johnson, Alaska Chief with the National Transportation Safety Board explained the details of the incident.

Johnson: “At this point were right now, what we know is there was a flight with six occupants on board, obviously five passengers, one pilot that were on the way for bear viewing.  Our understanding is at this point right now, while on approach the airplane landed a little short and subsequently collided with some soft tundra or beach material, and unfortunately flipped over on its back. Nosed over and came to rest inverted.” 

Johnson confirmed that the plane sustained substantial damage and that National Transportation Safety Board investigators are working closely with the operators to gather information and at this point National Transportation Safety Board will not be launching on this accident. 

Recovery efforts are ongoing with cooperation between the operator and the National Transportation Safety Board.

Story and audio:

Six people were unhurt Tuesday afternoon when their aircraft flipped on the same Cook Inlet beach where at least two other aircraft found themselves in trouble last year, according to crash investigators.

Clint Johnson, the National Transportation Safety Board's Alaska chief, said the NorthAir Inc. flight had taken off from Kenai and was landing on a beach in Chinitna Bay at about 4:30 p.m. The Cessna 207 was on a bear-watching trip at the time.

"On landing, (the plane) flipped over onto its back," Johnson said.

The bay is on the west side of Cook Inlet, across the inlet from Anchor Point.

Johnson said the flip occurred at the same site where a pair of Cessna 206s tipped onto their noses last July.

Locals said at that time that several air tour operators were flocking to the site due to its popularity for bear viewing, despite difficulties taxiing on the soft beach sand.

A NorthAir employee said Wednesday that the company had no immediate comment on this week's incident.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators didn't visit the scene, Johnson said, but will be coordinating with the company and its insurers as they work to recover the aircraft.

"They are launching now to get it out of there," Johnson said.

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