Thursday, July 08, 2021

Cessna 185 Skywagon, N185YT: Accident occurred July 05, 2021 in Copper Center, 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.

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 Location: Copper Center, AK
Accident Number: ANC21LA053
Date & Time: July 5, 2021, 22:30 Local
Registration: N185YT
Aircraft: Cessna 185 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N185YT
Model/Series: 185
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
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: PAGK,1562 ft msl
Observation Time: 21:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 31 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C /5°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 7000 ft AGL 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 12 knots / , 160°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Copper Center, AK
Destination: McCarthy , 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: 61.712924,-144.89358


  1. General question for anyone familiar with the topic: Why is there such a big group of incident reports coming out of Alaska at the same time? Does the FAA office there just report them for the week all at once or something?

    1. Occurrence dates of Alaska listings, by dates posted to AIN:
      Posted in AIN on 29-JUN-21:
      28-JUN-21 N98109
      Posted in AIN on 02-JUL-21:
      02-JUL-21 N2746D
      Posted in AIN on 06-JUL-21:
      04-JUL-21 N5213X
      04-JUL-21 N6930D
      28-JUN-21 N8216J
      03-JUL-21 N1199Q
      Posted in AIN on 08-JUL-21:
      06-JUL-21 N185YT
      07-JUL-21 N6163U
      07-JUL-21 N349X

      Only two of those were posted to AIN later than 1 business day after occurrence. FAA is reporting as they go.

  2. Alaska has more planes than any other state. There are 7,933 active pilots, 2,801 airframe and power plant mechanics of which 750 have
    inspection authorizations, and 9,346 registered aircraft in Alaska.

  3. It’s summer time. Same reason so many Air Tractor incidents.