Saturday, June 10, 2017

Cessna 207A Stationair 8, N207RB, NorthAir Inc: Accident occurred June 06, 2017 in Homer, Alaska

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA353
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Tuesday, June 06, 2017 in Homer, AK
Aircraft: CESSNA 207, registration: N207RB

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

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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