Thursday, March 1, 2018

Cessna A185F Skywagon 185, N5227R: Accident occurred July 22, 2017 in Arctic Village, Alaska

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

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Expeditions LLC:

Location: Arctic Village, AK
Accident Number: GAA17CA439
Date & Time: 07/22/2017, 1345 AKD
Registration: N5227R
Aircraft: CESSNA A185
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled 


The pilot of the float-equipped airplane reported that, he aborted the takeoff after the airspeed dropped 3 knots before coming up on the step. He added that as the airplane approached a bend in the river, he applied left rudder but could not overcome the crosswind and current. The right float impacted the beach, the airplane turned perpendicular, and the left wing impacted the beach.

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 failure to maintain directional control after an aborted takeoff.


Directional control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Takeoff-rejected takeoff
Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor; Flight Engineer
Age: 71, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Glider; Helicopter
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane; Helicopter
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Glider; Helicopter; Instrument Helicopter
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Waiver Time Limited Special
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/05/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/28/2017
Flight Time: (Estimated) 30067 hours (Total, all aircraft), 2086 hours (Total, this make and model), 19284 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 110 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 33 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N5227R
Model/Series: A185 F
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1976
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 18503023
Landing Gear Type: Float
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 10/13/2016, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3320 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 6128 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-550-D20B
Rated Power: 300 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand Air Taxi (135) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PARC, 2092 ft msl
Observation Time: 2256 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 206°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Temperature/Dew Point: 20°C / 6°C
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 10000 ft agl
Visibility: 10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots/ 16 knots, 150°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 29.66 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Arctic Village, AK
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Sheenjek River, AK
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1345 AKD
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Airport Information

Airport: River (N/A)
Runway Surface Type: Water
Airport Elevation: 2093 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Water--calm; Wet
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: None 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude:  68.133889, -145.553889 (est)

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