NTSB Identification: ANC85FA100.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28472.
Accident occurred Wednesday, June 19, 1985 in THEORDORE RIVER, AK
Aircraft: CESSNA 180H, registration: N91390
Injuries: 2 Minor,2 Uninjured.
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.
THE PLT LANDED THE FLOAT PLANE ON THE THEORDORE RIVER WHICH HAD A MAXIMUM WIDTH OF ABOUT 90 FT & HAD FEW STRAIGHT RUNS OF MORE THAN 400 FT. THE RIVER HAD MANY SHARP TURNS, SOME IN EXCESS OF 150 DEGS, & ITS DEPTH WAS AS LOW AS 18 INCHES AT LOW TIDE. THE PLT ELECTED TO TAKEOFF AS THE TIDE WAS RECEDING & THE WATER WAS FLOWING AT 7 TO 9 KTS. HE STATED THAT HE MISJUDGED THE SPEED OF THE RIVER. WHILE STEP TURNING AROUND A BEND, THE RIGHT WING CONTACKED THE RIVER BANK & THE ACFT TURNED OVER. THE PLT REPORTED THAT WHEN IMPACT WITH THE RIVER BANK WAS IMMINENT, HE INITIATED A WATER LOOP TO PREVENT INJURIES.
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:ABORTED TAKEOFF..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND
TERRAIN CONDITION..DIRT BANK/RISING EMBANKMENT
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