Friday, June 28, 2019

de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver MK1, N94DC: Accident occurred June 27, 2019 in Ketchikan, 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; Juneau, Alaska

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N94DC

Location: Ketchikan, AK
Accident Number: ANC19LA028
Date & Time: 06/27/2019, 0945 AKD
Registration: N94DC
Aircraft: De Havilland DHC-2
Injuries: 5 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Scheduled 

On June 27, 2019, at about 0945 Alaska daylight time, a float-equipped, de Havilland DHC-2 (Beaver) airplane, N94DC, sustained substantial damage following a loss of control during landing at the Ketchikan Harbor Seaplane Base (5KE) Ketchikan, Alaska. The airline transport pilot and four passengers were not injured. The airplane was registered to V2 Aviation LLC, and operated by Pacific Airways, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and company flight following procedures were in effect. The flight departed the dock at Ketchikan International Airport (PAKT) at 0941 destined for 5KE.

According to the pilot, after providing the passengers with a preflight safety briefing, he departed the PAKT airport dock for the short repositioning flight to the company's harbor side dock. The pilot said that, after departure he flew the standard west route, turned back overhead the airport dock, and then turned inside of Pennock Island for final approach to the harbor.

The pilot reported that during touchdown, the right float dug into the water, and the airplane subsequently water looped. The airplane came to rest nose down, then it began to submerge. After the accident, the pilot said he assisted the passengers with donning their life vests, then assisted them in evacuating the sinking airplane before exiting himself. A Good Samaritan fishing boat responded to the scene and assisted with the rescue of the airplane's occupants.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the wings and fuselage. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.

The closest weather reporting facility is Ketchikan International Airport (PAKT), Ketchikan, Alaska. At 0953, a METAR from PAKT was reporting in part: wind, 320° at 5 knots; visibility, 10 statute miles; sky condition, clear; temperature, 70° F; dew point 57° F; and an altimeter setting of 29.93 inches of mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: De Havilland
Registration: N94DC
Model/Series:DHC-2 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Pacific Airways
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Commuter Air Carrier (135)
Operator Does Business As:
Operator Designator Code: 460J

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PAKT
Observation Time: 0953 AKD
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 14°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 320°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.93 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Departure Point: Ketchikan, AK (KTN)
Destination: Ketchikan, AK (5KE)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:4 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 5 None
Latitude, Longitude: 55.351944, -132.491944 (est)




At 9:45 this morning, a floatplane crashed in the water near Pacific Air in Ketchikan. Ketchikan Police Department Deputy Chief Eric Mattson says a pilot and four passengers were aboard. They all were removed from the plane safely. He says at least one person was transported to the hospital. He assumes it was for minor injuries. 

“When we arrived, we saw the plane maybe 150-200 yards away from the building of the Westflight,” Mattson said. “There were several watercraft that were rendering aid. You could see that one of the float planes was overturned. I could see the tail, some wing, the float sticking up.”

Mattson said a large Seiner and at least half a dozen smaller boats were helping the pilot and passengers. There was also a local fisherman on a 30-foot fishing vessel that brought them to the dock.

Michael Perron is a passenger on the Sojourn cruise ship and saw the plane crash while looking from a deck on the ship. Perron is a former pilot for private planes in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

“And it touched down, everything seemed fine, and then—I’m just guessing—he turned before the plane slowed down, and then the wing clipped the water and he dove in,” said Perron.

Ed Dewing was on the 10th deck rail of the Sojourn cruise ship and happened to be videotaping before it landed. He wanted to send the video back home, but he says he began to freak out as he watched the crash.

“I said to my wife, ‘wow, this is really going to be cool because he banked in-between the two cruise ships and landed right here,’” said Dewing. “So I said I’ll video this. So I did, he came in—touchdown.  And it just seemed to veer left way too soon speed-wise, you know, that’s just my opinion. At that point I was just sort of hoping everybody was okay.”

Despite watching the crash, Dewing says he would still go on a floatplane in the future.

“This would not deter me one bit,” Dewing said. “ I mean it’s like catastrophic thing, you know? How many take offs and landings do you have a day here in the bay and you know, how often does this happen? So, no. Same with airplane rides—anything can happen. Probably chances of getting ran over crossing the street here are way greater than doing what happened out there so no, wouldn’t deter me at all.”

Mattson says the craft was pulled over to a dock by Southeast Stevedoring. Unless otherwise directed, the plane will remain in the water until the National Transportation Advisory Board (NTSB) conducts an investigation.

This is the third floatplane crash in the Ketchikan area in two months. The first on May 13th involved two planes that collided in the air. Six people died in that crash, and six survived. The second was a single plane that flipped when landing near Metlakatla. The two people on board that plane died.

National Transportation Safety Board investigations into those incidents are not complete.

Story and audio ➤ https://www.krbd.org


At 9:45 a.m. Thursday, a floatplane crashed in the water near Pacific Air in Ketchikan. Ketchikan Police Department Deputy Chief Eric Mattson says a pilot and four passengers were aboard. They all were removed from the plane safely. He says at least one person was transported to the hospital.

“When we arrived, we saw the plane probably, maybe 150-200 yards away from the building of the Westflight,” Mattson said. “There were several watercraft that were rendering aid. You could see that one of the float planes was overturned. I could see the tail, some wing, the float sticking up.”

Mattson said a large seiner and at least half a dozen smaller boats were helping the pilot and passengers. There was also a local fisherman on a 30-foot fishing vessel that brought them to the dock.

Ed Dewing was on the 10th deck rail of the Sojourn cruise ship and happened to be videotaping before it landed. He wanted to send the video back home, but he says he began to freak out as he watched the crash.

“I said to my wife, ‘wow, this is really going to be cool because he banked in-between the two cruise ships and landed right here,’” Dewing said.

Despite watching the crash, Dewing says he would still go on a floatplane in the future.

“This would not deter me one bit,” Dewing said. “I mean it’s like any catastrophic thing, you know? How many take offs and landings do you have a day here in the bay and you know, how often does this happen? So, no. Same with airplane rides—anything can happen. Probably chances of getting ran over crossing the street here are way greater than doing what happened out there so no, wouldn’t deter me at all.”

Mattson says the craft was pulled over to a dock by Southeast Stevedoring. Unless otherwise directed, the plane will remain in the water until the National Transportation Safety Board conducts an investigation.

This is the third floatplane crash in the Ketchikan area in two months. The first on May 13th involved two planes that collided in the air. Six people died in that crash, and six survived. The second was a single plane that flipped when landing near Metlakatla. The two people on board that plane died.

National Transportation Safety Board investigations into those incidents are not complete.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.ktoo.org



ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - A Pacific Airways de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver MK1 crashed just before 10 o'clock this morning with five people on board.

One person was taken to the hospital but with “no reports of injuries, if any,” according to a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board.

The plane crashed on landing, according to Clint Johnson, with the National Transportation Safety Board. The Coast Guard put out an urgent marine information broadcast and several Good Samaritan vessels arrived at the scene and delivered the survivors to shore.

The airline said they have “no comment at this time.”

The Coast Guard confirmed that 25 gallons of fuel were on board, but that they did not suspect any pollution, though they would continue to monitor. No cause for the crash has yet been released.

It was the latest in a series of crashes in Southeast Alaska after a two-plane collision near Ketchikan and a crash near Metlakatla, both in May.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.ktuu.com



A floatplane flipped on landing Thursday morning in Ketchikan, injuring one person aboard, as the Southeast Alaska community is recovering from two fatal air-service crashes last month.

The de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver MK1 was attempting a water landing when it crashed in Tongass Narrows sometime before 9:46 a.m., said Petty Officer Nathan Littlejohn of the U.S. Coast Guard 17th District. The plane, operated by Pacific Airways, was carrying five people, Littlejohn said.

The Beaver ended up upside-down, according to Kacie Paxton, Ketchikan Gateway Borough clerk.

The pilot and four passengers were rescued by good Samaritan vessels and taken to shore, Littlejohn said.

One person was treated at the emergency department at PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center and was in good condition Thursday morning, the hospital said. They were released Thursday afternoon.

The wrecked plane was tied off to a barge and will be towed to a Pacific Airways facility later in the day, Littlejohn said.

The air carrier did not immediately respond to a phone call Thursday.

Littlejohn said the plane was carrying about 25 gallons of fuel but there were no indications it had leaked into the water.

The crash is the third this season in the Ketchikan area, which swells with more than 1 million cruise-ship passengers every summer.

Eight people died in the two other crashes. A Taquan Air pilot and a passenger died when a floatplane flipped on landing in nearby Metlakatla on May 20. Six people, all from the same cruise ship, died in a midair collision a week earlier involving a Taquan floatplane and one operated by Mountain Air.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.adn.com

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