Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Cessna U206F, registered to AK Air Leasing LLC and operated by K Bay Air LLC, N441GR: Accident occurred August 18, 2018 in Pedro Bay, 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: Pedro Bay, AK
Accident Number: ANC18LA067
Date & Time: 08/18/2018, 1000 AKD
Registration: N441GR
Aircraft: Cessna U206
Injuries: 6 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled 

On August 18, 2018, about 1000 Alaska daylight time, a Cessna U206F airplane, N441GR, sustained substantial damage while landing at a remote unimproved tidal beach about 36 miles east of Pedro Bay, Alaska. The airplane was registered to AK Air Leasing, LLC and operated by K Bay Air, LLC as a visual flight rules (VFR) on-demand commercial flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 when the accident occurred. The commercial pilot and five passengers were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and company flight following procedures were in effect. The flight departed Homer, Alaska, about 0900.

According to the pilot, after arriving at the remote beach site, he conducted two passes over the landing area to check for debris and determine wind direction. He said that after a stable approach to the sloping beach site, and during the initial touchdown, the left main tire touched down first on the uphill side of the airplane, then the right main tire touchdown on the downhill side. The pilot stated that just after touchdown, it felt like the airplane had a flat tire as it began to veer to the right, and into an area of tidal mud flats. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing, left horizontal stabilizer and left elevator.

An initial examination of the airplane, by the pilot, revealed that the both main landing gear separated just above the main axle attach point.

A detailed wreckage examination is pending.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N441GR
Model/Series: U206 F
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: K Bay Air LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand Air Taxi (135)
Operator Does Business As:
Operator Designator Code: K99C

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PAHO
Observation Time: 1753 UTC
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 12°C / 9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 6500 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.3 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Departure Point: Homer, AK (PAHO)
Destination: Pedro Bay, AK 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 5 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 6 None
Latitude, Longitude:  59.796944, -154.129722 (est)

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