Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Cessna 180H Skywagon, N91402: Incident occurred August 12, 2019 at Lake Hood Seaplane Base (PALH), Anchorage, Alaska

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage, Alaska

Aircraft inverted on land.


Date: 13-AUG-19

Time: 02:25:00Z
Regis#: N91402
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 180
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
State: ALASKA 

One person was taken to the hospital Monday evening after a plane crash at Lake Hood Seaplane Base.

A spokesperson for the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport Police and Fire Department said the crash happened near the midway point between Lake Hood and Lake Spenard. Jim Szczesniak, the airport's manager, said a small floatplane had "some kind of an incident on takeoff." 

Rob Copier, who witnessed the crash alongside his family, said the pilot appeared to suffer only minor injuries.

"He couldn't get out by himself when they got there. The rescue people, they got him out," Copier said. "They walked him to the rescue boat."

Clint Johnson, National Transportation Safety Board Alaska Regional Chief, said it is too early to speculate what went wrong.

"Obviously, what we're going to be doing is looking to see if there were any mechanical issues with the airplane," Johnson said. 

The plane crashed right after it took off from the east around 6:30 p.m.

"It just started to kind of look like it had some engine trouble," Matt Copier said. 

Johnson said NTSB will be interviewing all of the witnesses and the pilot to determine the cause of the crash. Investigators said the pilot was the only person on the plane.

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A pilot was injured when a floatplane crashed Monday evening at the Lake Hood Seaplane Base in Anchorage.

Airport police believe that the plane was taking off when it crashed in the middle of Anchorage’s Lake Hood on Gull Island, said Sgt. Mike Farmer with the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport Police and Fire. He said emergency crews were notified of the crash at around 6:30 p.m.

The sole occupant of the plane was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, Farmer said.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration registry, the Cessna 180 is registered to Arthur Terrell.

At around 8 p.m. Monday, Ken Kozlowski, a mechanic at the airport, was waiting on the banks of Lake Hood for authorities to escort him to the Cessna, which was still flipped. Kozlowski said he’d worked on the plane and had known Terrell for about 25 years. He was called to the airport to shut off an ELT beacon in the plane.

“He was very meticulous with his plane,” Kozlowski said of Terrell.

An official with the National Transportation Safety Board said the agency is preparing to begin its investigation with the FAA.

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