NTSB Identification: ANC88LA081.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36309.
Accident occurred Saturday, July 02, 1988 in NAKNEK, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/07/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 206, registration: N5045U
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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 WAS HAULING FISH FROM REMOTE BEACH SITES IN ALASKA TO A NEARBY GRAVEL AIRSTRIP. WITNESSES REPORTED SEEING THE AIRPLANE MAKE TWO APPROACHES TO THE FIELD IN WEATHER ESTIMATED AS VISIBILITY 1/2 MILE IN FOG, AND A CEILING OF 100-200 FEET. AFTER THE TWO LANDING ATTEMPTS, THE AIRPLANE DEPARTED AT LOW ALTITUDE AND COLLIDED WITH A LIGHTED RADIO TOWER APPROXIMATELY 164' ABOVE THE GROUND. THE TOWER WAS LOCATED ABOUT ONE MILE NORTH-EAST OF THE AIRSTRIP.

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

ALTITUDE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..LOW CEILING


Contributing Factors

OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG



Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DUSK

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