Monday, July 12, 2021

De Havilland Canada DHC-2-L-20, N9279Z: Accident occurred July 09, 2021 in Coffman Cove, 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; Juneau, Alaska
Snow Mountain Enterprises LLC

Location: Coffman Cove, AK
Accident Number: ANC21LA057
Date & Time: July 9, 2021, 06:40 Local
Registration: N9279Z
Aircraft: DEHAVILLAND DHC-2-L-20 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Positioning

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: DEHAVILLAND
Registration: N9279Z
Model/Series: DHC-2-L-20 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand air taxi (135)
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Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
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Aircraft Fire: None
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Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 56.008959,-132.84709

A floatplane crashed during takeoff from the Prince of Wales Island community of Coffman Cove Friday morning. No injuries were reported.

Clint Johnson is the head of the National Transportation Safety Board’s Alaska office.

“The flight was on departure, headed back to Ketchikan. During departure from the water, the airplane struck what they are referring to as an inlet float or buoy, and the airplane subsequently … nosed over and ended upside down,” Johnson said in a phone interview.

Johnson says the pilot was the only person aboard.

The DeHavilland Beaver is owned by Southeast Aviation, which offers charters and flightseeing trips from its headquarters in Ketchikan. In a statement, the company says a charter fishing boat was the first on scene to assist the pilot and secure the aircraft. Other first responders from Coffman Cove assisted in removing debris from the water. Southeast Aviation sent another aircraft to pick up the pilot.

Johnson says the NTSB is investigating the incident. A recent investigation by KUCB and ProPublica found that Alaska is home to a growing share of the country’s crashes involving small commercial aircraft.

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