NTSB Identification: ANC88LA145.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37004.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Wednesday, September 21, 1988 in CHIP RIVER, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/08/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 185F, registration: N61500
Injuries: 4 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 AIR TAXI PILOT WAS ATTEMPTING TO LAND ON THE SNOW COVERED TUNDRA NEAR HIS PASSENGER'S FISH CAMP. THE TUNDRA HAD NOT YET FROZEN SUFFICIENTLY TO SUPPORT THE WEIGHT OF THE AIRPLANE, AND THE MAIN LANDING GEAR QUICKLY BECAME MIRED IN THE SOFT SOIL, CAUSING THE AIRPLANE TO DECELERATE RAPIDLY AND NOSE OVER.

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:

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


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SOFT

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