Wednesday, September 26, 2018

de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver, N9RW: Accident occurred September 23, 2018 in Kukaklek Lake, 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: Kukaklek Lake, AK
Accident Number: GAA18CA581
Date & Time: 09/23/2018, 1800 AKD
Registration: N9RW
Aircraft: De Havilland DHC 2 MK. I(L20A)
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Dragged wing/rotor/float/other
Injuries: 2 Minor, 5 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Other Work Use

The pilot of the float-equipped airplane reported that, during landing on a river to pick up passengers, he observed that the river was low, and sand bars were visible. During takeoff, the left float contacted a sand bar in shallow water and the airplane impacted the river bank.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 58, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Glider
Restraint Used: 3-point
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: 05/10/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/02/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 5500 hours (Total, all aircraft), 3400 hours (Total, this make and model), 5250 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 180 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 20 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: De Havilland
Registration: N9RW
Model/Series: DHC 2 MK. I(L20A) No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1956
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 1095
Landing Gear Type: Float
Seats: 8
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 5200 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: P&W
ELT: Installed, activated, aided in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: R985
Registered Owner: T-Corp
Rated Power: 450 hp
Operator: T-Corp
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: 25 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0156 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 290°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 12000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 170°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.73 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 9°C / 4°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point:
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Type of Clearance: Unknown
Departure Time: 0500
Type of Airspace: Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 Minor, 4 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor, 5 None
Latitude, Longitude:  59.190000, -155.150000 (est)

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