Friday, May 08, 2020

Cessna A185E Skywagon, N185SZ: Accident occurred May 05, 2020 in Palmer, Alaska

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. 

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage, Alaska

Eagles Shadow LLC

Location: Palmer, AK
Accident Number: ANC20CA049
Date & Time: May 5, 2020, 19:00 Local
Registration: N185SZ
Aircraft: Cessna 185
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N185SZ
Model/Series: 185 Aircraft
Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PAAQ,248 ft msl 
Observation Time: 18:30 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 15.6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots / 15 knots, 90°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Chugiak, AK (AK24)
Destination: Palmer, AK

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 61.620338,-148.98068 (est)

BUTTE — Residents and recreators along Knik River Road were amazed at the result of relief efforts following a plane crash with a single occupant that was unharmed.

At 7:21 p.m. Tuesday, Mat-Su Borough Emergency Services Director Ken Barkley said a call came for water rescue of 39-year-old Bradley Szutz of Chugiak who had crash landed his plane in the Knik River. 

Mat-Su Dive Team responded with the Butte Fire Department and Central EMS and raced up river from the Knik Bridge to locate Szutz. 

Pilot Szutz denied medical treatment and left the river unharmed.

“He’s a very lucky individual,” said Barkley.

Barkley and Deputy EMS Director Gary Klink said that a salvage company had been called in. 

Around 9:30 p.m., a helicopter departed the Knik River bed towing Szutz’ plane from a large cable through the air. 

Szutz also left the scene with the helicopter. 

The National Transportation Safety Board will complete a follow up investigation into the crash.

Alaska State Troopers say a 39-year-old pilot landed his plane in the Knik River Tuesday night.

Alaska State Troopers says around 7 p.m., they responded to an airplane crash near Friday Creek in the Jim Creek recreational area.

Butte Fire, Central EMS, and Mat-Su Dive team also were on the scene.

The pilot of the plane, Bradley J. Szutz, was not injured during the crash but landed in the Knik River.

Mat-Su Dive team helped Szutz to shore.

The plane was recovered and was taken back to Anchorage.

National Transportation Safety Board will be completing the follow-up investigation into the crash.


  1. "Aircraft down in Knik River due to unknown circumstances."

    The pilot survived unharmed. Ask the pilot what happened. Then the circumstances will no longer be unknown.

  2. ^^Did you miss the part where it takes an NTSB investigation to find out the cause no matter what the pilot says?