Sunday, April 12, 2020

Loss of Control on Ground: de Havilland Beaver DHC-2 MK.1, N5221G; accident occurred June 22, 2018 in Dillingham, 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; Anchorage, Alaska

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Dillingham, AK
Accident Number: ANC18LA047
Date & Time: 06/22/2018, 1730 AKD
Registration: N5221G
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 Serious, 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On June 22, 2018, about 1730 Alaska daylight time, a float-equipped de Havilland DHC-2 airplane, N5221G, sustained substantial damage during an impact with trees and terrain, following a loss of directional control during landing, about 53 miles northwest of Dillingham, Alaska. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 visual flight rules personal flight when the accident occurred. The private pilot sustained serious injuries, and the three passengers were uninjured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed. The flight departed Naknek Lake, Alaska (5NK) about 1645.

According to the pilot, he was landing with a tailwind on a remote river. After touching down on the water, the airplane bounced, and a gust of wind turned the tail of the airplane about 45° to the left. The airplane then impacted the river bank, continued onto the shore, and struck trees, which resulted in substantial damage to the airplane.

The pilot reported no mechanical malfunctions or anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age:75, Male 
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Waiver Time Limited Special
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/18/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/08/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 3000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 2000 hours (Total, this make and model), 3000 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: DEHAVILLAND
Registration: N5221G
Aircraft Category:Airplane 
Year of Manufacture: 1954
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 667
Landing Gear Type: Float;
Seats: 5
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/31/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 5090 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 4 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Pratt and Whitney
ELT: C91 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: R-985
Registered Owner: On file
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: PADL, 86 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 53 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0056 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 191°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 3400 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 11 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction: 170°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.08 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 12°C / 6°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: NAKNEK, AK (5NK)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Dillingham, AK
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1645 AKD
Type of Airspace: Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 3 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 3 None
Latitude, Longitude:  59.920278, -158.185000

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