NTSB Identification: SEA89LA035.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38007.
Accident occurred Monday, January 16, 1989 in SEKIU, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/28/1990
Aircraft: CESSNA 206, registration: N732FN
Injuries: 1 Minor,1 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 PLT WAS PASSING THROUGH MOUNTAIN STRAITS ON A BUSINESS TRIP TO A COASTAL DESTINATION WHEN STRONG WINDS AND TURBULENCE WERE ENCOUNTERED. THE PLT ELECTED TO ATTEMPT AN LANDING AT A STRIP SHORT OF THE DESTINATION. THE PLT LOST CONTROL OF THE ACFT DURING THE APPROACH AND IT CONTACTED THE TERRAIN ON SHORT FINAL. WINDS WERE 30 KTS GUSTING TO 40 KTS WHEN THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED.

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

PILOT ATTEMPTED A LANDING IN ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS, RATHER THAN POSTPONE THE BUSINESS TRIP AND RETURN TO ORIGIN OR OTHER SAFE AREA. CONTRIBUTING TO THE ACCIDENT WERE TURBULENCE AND GUSTY WINDS ALONG WITH THE SELF INDUCED PRESSURE TO MAKE THE BUSINESS FLT.

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