Tuesday, June 26, 2018

de Havilland Beaver DHC-2 MK.1, N5221G: Accident occurred June 22, 2018 in Dillingham, Alaska

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Location: Dillingham, AK
Accident Number: ANC18LA047
Date & Time: 06/22/2018, 1745 AKD
Registration: N5221G
Injuries: 1 Serious, 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 22, 2018, about 1745 Alaska daylight time, a float equipped DeHavilland DHC-2 airplane, N5221G, sustained substantial damage during an impact with trees and terrain, following a loss of directional control during landing, about 53 miles northwest of Dillingham, Alaska. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 visual flight rules personal flight when the accident occurred. The private pilot sustained serious injuries, and the three passengers were uninjured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed. The flight departed Naknek Lake, Alaska (5NK) about 1645.

According to the pilot, he was landing with a tailwind on a remote river. After touching down on the water, the airplane bounced, and a gust of wind turned the tail of the airplane about 45° to the left. The airplane then impacted the river bank, continued onto the shore, and struck trees, which resulted in substantial damage to the airplane.

The pilot reported no mechanical malfunctions or anomalies that would have precluded normal operation. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: DEHAVILLAND
Registration: N5221G
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PADL, 86 ft msl
Observation Time: 0056 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 53 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 12°C / 6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 3400 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots / , 170°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.08 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Unknown
Departure Point: NAKNEK, AK (5NK)
Destination: Dillingham, AK 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 3 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 3 None
Latitude, Longitude:  59.920278, -158.185000

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