NTSB Identification: ANC91LA063.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 44435.
Accident occurred Friday, May 24, 1991 in STERLING, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/07/1993
Aircraft: CESSNA 185, registration: N4649E
Injuries: 1 Serious,3 Uninjured.

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

ACCORDING TO THE PILOT AND WITNESSES ON THE RIVERBANK, THE AIRPLANE'S LEFT FLOAT STRUCK AND BECAME LODGED ON A ROCK DURING THE POST LANDING TAXI. WHILE THE PILOT WAS STANDING ON THE FLOAT AND ATTEMPTING TO FREE THE AIRPLANE, HE SLIPPED AND FELL INTO THE TURNING PROPELLER. THE PILOT, AN ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON, LOST THREE FINGERS FROM HIS LEFT HAND.

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

THE PILOT'S IMPROPER REMEDIAL ACTION.

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