Tuesday, July 26, 2022

DeHavilland Beaver DHC-2 MK.1, N9776R: Accident occurred July 26, 2022 at Anchorage-Lake Hood Seaplane Base (PALH), 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

Northstar Holdings LLC

Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Accident Number: ANC22LA063
Date and Time: July 26, 2022, 09:15 Local 
Registration: 9776R
Aircraft: De Havilland DHC2 
Injuries: 2 Serious, 4 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air taxi & commuter - Non-scheduled - Sightseeing

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: De Havilland
Registration: 9776R
Model/Series: DHC2
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: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PALH,82 ft msl 
Observation Time: 09:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C /4°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots / 16 knots, 200°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.2 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Departure Point: Anchorage, AK
Destination: King Salmon, AK

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 Serious, 3 Minor, 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious, 4 Minor, 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 61.179673, -149.96348 

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances in water lane while departing. 

Date: 26-JUL-22
Time: 17:18:00Z
Regis#: N9776R
Aircraft Make: DEHAVILLAND
Aircraft Model: DHC2
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 135
Aircraft Operator: REGAL AIR

Six people were injured Tuesday morning when a floatplane crashed as it was departing from Lake Hood in Anchorage, officials said.

The de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver crashed just before 9:20 a.m., said Clint Johnson, chief of the National Transportation Safety Board’s Alaska office. Two of the people onboard were seriously injured and four had minor injuries, he said. All were taken to a hospital.

The Regal Air plane took off to the east from the lake and crashed into the water at the end of one of the man-made canals on the lake, by where a number of offices and planes are located, Johnson said. The Regal Air office is at the base of that same strip of land, which Johnson described as a finger.

All five passengers were visitors from Outside, Johnson said, and the plane was headed for Katmai National Park and Preserve. Regal Air offers flights to the park for bear viewing, according to its website. Officials from the company declined to comment on the crash Tuesday afternoon.

The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport Police and Fire Department responded to the scene, along with the Anchorage Fire Department.

It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the crash, but Johnson said the NTSB is investigating.

The plane was still in the water Tuesday afternoon, and Johnson said Regal Air was working to move the wreckage onto land. The plane was significantly damaged.


  1. Stall spin, maybe weight and balance. Although pilot suggested strong crosswind as "cause"?

  2. The video posted on AVweb shows an apparent high AOA post-takeoff just mushing along trying to climb out and then he takes a 90 degree left turn away from the wind coming on his nose (according to the wave pattern of the water). After he completed that turn, it's clearly a classic stall wing dip spin to the left with the upwind wing getting lift and the downwind wing losing it. They are all lucky they didn't slam into the land between canals. He turned way too early before establishing a solid rate of climb.



  3. Metar Reporting station PALH
    Observed at 15:53 UTC on the 26th
    12 knot wind from 200˚, with gusts at 20 knot
    Visibility of 10 statute miles
    Sky clear
    Temperature 11˚C and dewpoint 3˚C
    Pressure: 30.16inHg (1021mb)
    Remarks follow
    Automated site with precipitation descriminator
    Peak wind of 27 knots from 190˚ at 15:18 UTC
    Sea level pressure: 1021.4mb (30.17inHg)
    Precision temperature 11.1˚C and dewpoint 3.3˚C

    Reporting station PALH
    Observed at 17:53 UTC on the 26th
    10 knot wind from 200˚, with gusts at 16 knot
    Wind direction varying from 150˚ to 230˚
    Visibility of 10 statute miles
    Sky clear
    Temperature 13˚C and dewpoint 4˚C
    Pressure: 30.20inHg (1022mb)

  4. Weight and balance? Bullshit! This clown had no business at the controls! A Commercially rated Pilot, also an Instructor, loss directional control in a 10-16 knots wind? What is this world coming too? From the video, he never pushed the nose over to gain speed in ground effect before climbing out! On top of losing directional control! Pitiful!