NTSB Identification: ANC88LA141.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37253.
Accident occurred Friday, September 16, 1988 in MCCLAREN RIVER, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/19/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 185, registration: N73DA
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.

ACCORDING TO THE PILOT, THE LANDING GEAR STRUCK EITHER A DEPRESSION OR AN OBJECT ON THE RIVERBED/RUNWAY DURING TAKEOFF ROLL AND VEERED LEFT. HE CORRECTED THE DEVIATION AND CONTINUED TAKING OFF. HOWEVER, WHEN THE AIRPLANE REACHED THE END OF THE AIRSTRIP, HE 'PULLED FLAPS AND LIFTED THE AIRPLANE OFF THE GROUND.' AFTER PASSING THE END OF THE AIRSTRIP, THE AIRPLANE SETTLED ONTO ROUGH TERRAIN.

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

PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

UNSUITABLE TERRAIN OR TAKEOFF/LANDING/TAXI AREA..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRSPEED..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LIFT-OFF..PREMATURE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL/MUSH..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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