NTSB Identification: ANC99LA147.
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Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Sunday, September 19, 1999 in PILOT POINT, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/09/2001
Aircraft: Cessna 185F, registration: N60859
Injuries: 2 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.

The commercial certificated pilot landed at a lake in a float equipped airplane. He was conducting a nonscheduled air taxi flight to retrieve moose meat and antlers. He was assisted by a non-revenue passenger. The lake is oriented east/west, about 1,900 feet long, and about 800 feet wide. The meat had been left behind the day before the accident, when the pilot transported hunting clients from the lake. The pilot departed the lake toward the west, and lifted off about 300 feet before the end of the lake. The pilot said the airplane climbed to about 50 feet above the ground, and then encountered a downdraft from mountains/hills located south of the accident scene. He said full power was already applied to the engine, but the airplane descended into soft, marshy terrain, and nosed over about 200 to 300 yards beyond the west end of the lake. The airplane received damage to the propeller, the right wing, and the left wing spar. The pilot indicated the weather conditions were, in part: Clouds and sky condition, 2,500 feet broken; wind, from the south (180 degrees) at 8 knots; visibility, 25 miles; temperature, 50 degrees F; precipitation, none; turbulence, none to light.

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

The pilot's inadequate compensation for wind conditions. Factors in the accident were the pilot's inadequate evaluation of the weather conditions, a downdraft, and swampy terrain.

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