NTSB Identification: SEA88FA140.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37145.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Saturday, July 30, 1988 in LISCOME BAY, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/03/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 185, registration: N70168
Injuries: 3 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.

WHILE IN A NARROW, TREE-LINED AREA JUST ABOVE A SMALL COVE, THE PILOT LOST CONTROL OF THE AIRCRAFT WHILE MANEUVERING, IN PREPARATION FOR A LANDING ON A LAKE. THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK TREES IN-FLIGHT WHILE IN AN UNUSUAL ATTITUDE AND THEN STRUCK THE WATER. POOR VISIBILITY DUE TO HEAVY RAIN EXISTED AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT. THE PILOT WAS LIMITED TO VFR AIR TAXI FLIGHTS ONLY. HE HAS NO HISTORY OF RECENT INSTRUMENT FLIGHT TIME OR EXPERIENCE. EXAM OF THE AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS AND POWERPLANT DID NOT DISCLOSE ANY MALFUNCTIONS OR FAILURES.

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

STALL/SPIN..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LACK OF TOTAL INSTRUMENT TIME..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..RISING


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH OBSTRUCTION(S)


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..RAIN

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