NTSB Identification: ANC97LA071.
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Accident occurred Monday, May 12, 1997 in CORDOVA, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/10/1998
Aircraft: Cessna 185, registration: N1005F
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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The pilot was attempting to land his float equipped airplane on a lake when he saw a flock of geese near his intended touchdown point. He elected to lengthen his landing approach and fly over the geese. Soon after touchdown, he realized he would not be able to stop the airplane prior to the shoreline, and that he had insufficient room to abort the landing. The airplane ran up on the shore and struck a tree. The pilot reported that he should have performed a go-around.

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

The pilot's decision not to perform a go-around. A factor in the accident was the presence of birds which led the pilot to extend and misjudge his touchdown point.

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