Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Cessna 182A Skylane, N3934D: Accident occurred July 23, 2019 at Tin Creek Airport (PAFL), Farewell Lake, 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; Wasilla, Alaska

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


Location: Farewell, AK
Accident Number: ANC19LA040
Date & Time: 07/23/2019, 2040 AKD
Registration: N3934D
Aircraft: Cessna 182
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 23, 2019, about 2040 Alaska daylight time, a Cessna 182 airplane, N3934D, sustained substantial damage following a partial loss of power during takeoff from a river gravel bar about 5 miles south of Tin Creek Airport (TNW) in Farewell, Alaska. The private pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a visual flight rules personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed. The flight was destined for Birchwood Airport (BCV), Birchwood, Alaska.

The pilot reported that during a takeoff from a river gravel bar, as the airplane climbed out of ground effect, the headwind diminished and his engine "sputtered" from a partial power loss. The airplane descended into a grove of small trees at the end of the gravel bar. The pilot stated that he did not have time to attempt to restore power or secure the engine before impact. The nose landing gear sheared off during impact and the airplane flipped over, sustaining damage to the left wing, right wing lift strut, vertical stabilizer and fuselage. Both occupants egressed and were rescued by another airplane.

The aircraft was equipped with a Continental O-470-R engine.

A detailed wreckage examination is pending.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N3934D
Model/Series: 182 A
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: PAFS, 414 ft msl
Observation Time: 0401 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 40 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 13°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Light and Variable / , Variable
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.76 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Birchwood, AK (BCV)
Destination: Birchwood, AK (BCV) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 62.477500, -153.519722 (est)

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