NTSB Identification: ANC96LA135.
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Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Monday, September 02, 1996 in PORT ALSWORTH, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/15/1997
Aircraft: Cessna 206, registration: N733KD
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
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The pilot stated the passenger talked him into flying up a canyon, which appeared to be a pass at the time they entered. Once inside the canyon, the pilot realized there was insufficient room to complete a 180 degree turn. He applied full power and attempted to climb straight ahead. After reaching about 2,800 feet above sea level, the airplane's floats struck the ground. The airplane slide approximately 15 feet, then nosed over.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: the pilot's improper in-flight planning/decision, which resulted in intering a box canyon with insufficient altitude to either execute a turn to safety or outclimb rising terrain. A factor associated with the accident was: the pilot allowed the passenger to influence him to enter the canyon. Full narrative available
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