NTSB Identification: SEA91LA074.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 43261.
Accident occurred Thursday, March 28, 1991 in FRIDAY HARBOR, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/24/1993
Aircraft: CESSNA 180, registration: N2601Y
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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 OF THE CESSNA 180 FLOATPLANE STATED THAT HE MADE A POWER REDUCTION AFTER TAKEOFF FOR NOISE ABATEMENT REASONS, AFTER CLIMBING TO ABOUT 40 FEET. HE CONTINUED TO CLIMB TO ABOUT 50 FEET AFTER TURNING CROSSWIND. HE STATED THAT WHEN HE TURNED EAST (DOWNWIND) TO FLY THROUGH THE CHANNEL, HE ADDED FULL POWER, BUT THE AIRCRAFT CONTINUED TO SLIP TOWARDS THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE CHANNEL AND IT ENDED UP CRASHING INTO THE TREES ABOUT FIFTY FEET FROM SHORE.

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

THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO MAINTAIN A PROPER CLIMB GRADIENT AND RATE AS A RESULT OF HIS INADEQUATE COMPENSATION FOR WIND CONDITIONS.

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