Friday, September 21, 2018

de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver, N121AK: Accident occurred September 20, 2018 in Igiugig, Alaska

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

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Igiugig, AK
Accident Number: GAA18CA565
Date & Time: 09/20/2018, 1530 AKD
Registration: N121AK
Aircraft: De Havilland DHC 2
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel starvation
Injuries: 1 Minor, 6 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Business 

The pilot of the float-equipped airplane reported that, during the initial climb after a water takeoff, about 200 ft, he turned right, and the engine lost power. He immediately switched fuel tanks and attempted to restart the engine to no avail. The airplane descended and struck trees, the right wing impacted terrain.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The pilot reported to the Federal Aviation Administration inspector that, during the initial climb, after the engine lost power, he noticed that the center tank, which was selected for takeoff, was empty. He added that passengers stated that the engine did regain power after switching tanks, but the airplane had already struck trees.

The pilot reported as a recommendation to more closely follow checklists. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 59, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/10/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/01/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 12496 hours (Total, all aircraft), 5000 hours (Total, this make and model), 10632 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 198 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 60 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: De Havilland
Registration: N121AK
Model/Series: DHC 2 I
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1951
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 121
Landing Gear Type: Float
Seats: 8
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: P&W
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: R-985
Registered Owner: Rainbow River Lodge Llc
Rated Power: 450 hp
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: PAIG, 90 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2328 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 211°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility: 5 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 800 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction:220° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.16 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 12°C / 11°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: Light - Rain; Moderate - Mist
Departure Point: Igiugig, AK
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1530 AKD
Type of Airspace: Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries:1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor, 5 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 6 None
Latitude, Longitude: 59.325000, -155.900833 (est)

Multiple people suffered "minor non-life threatening injuries" as the result of a plane crash near the Bristol Bay village of Igiugig, according to Alaska State Troopers.

AST said the Dehavilland DHC-2 float plane operated by a lodge in the area was carrying seven people when it crashed shortly after taking off Thursday afternoon.

The plane was operated by Rainbow River Lodge, AST spokesperson Megan Peters later confirmed. 

One person was transported to a local clinic for their injuries. 

The National Transportation Safety Board has been notified. No further information is available at this time. 

Igiugig is a remote village of about 50 people, situated at the mouth of the Kvichak River on Lake Iliamna and is part of the Lake and Peninsula Borough. 

Original article can be found here ➤

A plane crashed Thursday afternoon near the village of Igiugig. Alaska State Troopers say seven people were onboard the Dehavilland DHC-2, which was operated by local lodge. All survived. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, two onboard suffered minor injuries, and there was substantial damage to the aircraft. 

The National Transportation Safety Board has been notified, and troopers will continue to investigate. The cause of the crash has not been confirmed.

Original article can be found here ➤

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