NTSB Identification: ANC89LA131.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 40316.
Accident occurred Sunday, July 30, 1989 in TOZITNA RIVER, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/18/1990
Aircraft: CESSNA 185, registration: N4005Y
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 PILOT STARTED TO TAKE OFF FROM A SHORT RUNWAY, SURROUNDED BY OBSTRUCTIONS, IN VARIABLE WIND CONDITIONS. HE REPORTED THAT SHORTLY AFTER LIFT-OFF, THE WIND SHIFTED AND HE WAS UNABLE TO GET THE AIRPLANE TO CLIMB SUFFICIENTLY TO CLEAR NEARBY TREES. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE AIRPLANE HIT THE TREES, CART-WHEELED, AND CRASHED. THE PILOT WAS WEARING A SNUGLY FASTENED SHOULDER HARNESS AND BELIEVED THAT IT KEPT HIM FROM RECEIVING SERIOUS OR FATAL INJURIES.

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

IMPROPER PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION BY THE PILOT. HIGH OBSTRUCTIONS, UNFAVORABLE WIND CONDITIONS, AND TREES WERE CONTRIBUTING FACTORS.

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