NTSB Identification: ANC91FA107.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 45683.
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 24, 1991 in TAKOTNA, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/13/1993
Aircraft: CESSNA 182, registration: N5663B
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE AIRPLANE CRASHED AT THE 1,500 FOOT LEVEL OF A MOUNTAIN LOCATED APPROXIMATELY 12 MILES NORTHWEST OF MCGRATH, ALASKA. OTHER PILOTS IN THE AREA STATED THE WEATHER WAS 1,000 FOOT OVERCAST, WITH 1.5 MILES VISIBILITY IN FOG AND SMOKE. THEY ALSO STATED THAT THE MOUNTAIN TOPS WERE OBSCURED. THE RIDGE WHICH THE AIRPLANE CROSSED WAS THE LAST RIDGE BETWEEN OPHIR, THE DEPARTURE POINT, AND MCGRATH, THE DESTINATION.

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

THE PILOT'S LOSS OF CONTROL IN FLIGHT DUE TO SPATIAL DISORIENTATION WHILE ATTEMPTING TO OPERATE UNDER VISUAL FLIGHT RULES WHILE IN INSTRUMENT METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS. CONTRIBUTING TO THE ACCIDENT WAS THE MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN.

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