Monday, June 19, 2017

de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver, N930TG, RDM Pilots / Guide LTD: Accident occurred June 18, 2017 on Big Goat Lake, Ketchikan, Alaska

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage

RDM Pilots / Guide LTD:

Air taxi RDM, crashed on takeoff from Big Goat Lake, and sank. 

Date:    18-JUN-17
Time:    22:19:00Z
Regis#:    N930TG
Aircraft Make:    DEHAVILLAND
Aircraft Model:    DHC2
Event Type:    ACCIDENT
Highest Injury:    MINOR
Aircraft Missing:    No
Activity:    SIGHT SEEING
Flight Phase:    TAKEOFF (TOF)
Aircraft Operator:    RDM
State:    ALASKA

Preliminary information obtained by the National Transportation Safety Board indicates that Alaska Seaplane Tours floatplane involved in an incident at Big Goat Lake on Sunday afternoon crashed moments after takeoff.

“The little that we know, subject to change, is that one of the wings struck the water just after takeoff and the airplane ended up in the water and unfortunately sank,” Clint Johnson, head of the NTSB office in Alaska, told The Associated Press on Monday.

None of the six passengers or pilot was reported as seriously injured in the crash of the de Havilland Beaver aircraft into the lake in Misty Fiords National Monument about 45 miles northeast of downtown Ketchikan. Everyone aboard the plane was able to exit the plane and reach the shore.

The Alaska State Troopers on Monday morning released the names of the pilot and passengers.

The pilot was Matthew Perron, 30, of Ketchikan, according to troopers. Two passengers, Tim Friedrich, 40, and Catrin Fredrich, 36, are from Germany. The other four passengers were from California: Robert Grover, 63, Debra Grover, 60, Nicole Grover, 30, and Jonathan James, 36.

The incident occurred at about 2:22 p.m. Sunday, according to troopers.

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