NTSB Identification: MKC89FA135.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 39676.
Accident occurred Thursday, June 15, 1989 in ELY, MN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/15/1991
Aircraft: CESSNA A185F, registration: N70466
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Serious,1 Minor.

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.

A NORMAL PREFLT OF THE FLOAT PLANE WAS MADE WITH ONLY STRAW OF A BIRD NEST BEING REMOVED BEFORE FLT. TWO WITNESSES RPRTD THAT THE ACFT'S ENGS SEEMED TO BE RUNNING AT FULL POWER AS THE FLOAT PLANE WAS CLIMBING TO ALTITUDE OVER BIG MOOSE LAKE (WHERE THE OCCUPANTS OF THE ACFT HAD BEEN FISHING). ONE OF THE PASSENGERS (THE PLT'S 15 YR OLD SON) SAID THE ENG BEGAN TO LOSE POWER & THE PLT REVERSED COURSE IN AN ATMT TO LAND ON THE LAKE. HOWEVER, HE WAS UNABLE TO REACH THE LAKE & THE ACFT COLLIDED WITH TREES & SWAMPY TERRAIN DURING AN EMERGENCY LANDING. NO PREIMPACT PART FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION OF THE AIRCRAFT OR ENG WAS FOUND DURING THE INVESTIGATION. AFTER MINOR REPAIRS, THE ENG RAN NORMALLY DURING AN OPNL CHECK.

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

LOSS OF ENGINE POWER FOR AN UNDETERMINED REASON. A FACTOR RELATED TO THE ACCIDENT WAS: THE PRESENCE OF TREES IN THE EMERGENCY LANDING AREA.

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