Sunday, March 06, 2022

Cessna U206F Stationair, N1853Q: Accident occurred March 05, 2022 in Newhalen, 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

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Location: Newhalen, Alaska
Accident Number: ANC22LA022
Date and Time: March 5, 2022, 15:19 Local 
Registration: N1853Q
Aircraft: Cessna U206F 
Injuries: 4 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Business

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N1853Q
Model/Series: U206F 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand air taxi (135)
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: 
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: PAIL,160 ft msl 
Observation Time: 13:30 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 7 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 0°C /0°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 600 ft AGL 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 250°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 2000 ft AGL
Visibility: 2 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Levelock, AK 
Destination: Port Alsworth, AK

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 3 Serious, 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 Serious, 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 59.640543,-154.98026 (est)

On March 5, 2022, at 1:07 pm, the Alaska State Troopers were notified of an ELT activation in the Lake Iliamna area. The signal was determined to be coming from approximately 200 miles southwest of Anchorage and 8 miles southwest of Iliamna, on the frozen offshore waters of Lake Iliamna. The Alaska Wildlife Troopers immediately launched an R44 helicopter from King Salmon to the area while local crews and private aircraft from Iliamna attempted to access the area. Rescue teams and Troopers located a Cessna 206 aircraft with tail number N1853Q that had been destroyed in the crash. All five adult occupants of the aircraft were alive but had sustained serious injuries.

The Alaska Air National Guard at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson and the US Coast Guard at Kodiak dispatched helicopter rescue teams to the area. Poor weather conditions initially prevented the Air Guard and USCG helicopter crews from making it to the area. At approximately 6 pm both helicopter rescue teams arrived at the crash site and hoisted all five injured persons from the scene. They were then transported by helicopter to Iliamna and then medevaced to Anchorage area hospitals using both Air Guard and LifeMed fixed-wing aircraft. The current medical status of the five plane occupants is not known.

The NTSB was notified of the incident, and they will conduct an investigation into the cause of the crash.

The Alaska Department of Public Safety wishes to thank the following agencies for their tenacity in persevering through severe weather conditions and participation in this operation including the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center, Alaska Air National Guard, United States Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, LifeMed, Iliamna Clinic, Lake and Peninsular Airlines, Iliamna Air Taxi, and the volunteer SAR members and residents of Iliamna and local area; whose team efforts were truly appreciated.

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