NTSB Identification: ANC95LA049.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, April 25, 1995 in OLD HARBOR, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/19/1996
Aircraft: CESSNA 207, registration: N1769U
Injuries: 1 Serious.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PILOT WAS INFORMED BY ANOTHER COMPANY PILOT THAT THE HIGHER PASSES WERE CLOSED. HE THEN ATTEMPTED TO FLY THROUGH 'HIGH PASS' LOCATED NEAR OLD HARBOR. THE PILOT DESCRIBED THE WEATHER AS OVERCAST WITH CEILINGS OBSCURED, AND FLIGHT VISIBILITY WAS 2 TO 3 MILES. THE PASS WAS SNOW COVERED. AS HE ENTERED THE PASS HE LOST VISUAL REFERENCE DUE TO WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AND HE INITIATED A LEFT TURN TO EXIT THE PASS. APPROX HALF WAY THROUGH THE TURN THE LEFT WING STRUCK THE MOUNTAIN.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

THE PILOT'S CONTINUED FLIGHT INTO KNOWN ADVERSE WEATHER. THE WHITEOUT CONDITION WAS A FACTOR.

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