NTSB Identification: ANC83FAG03.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20273.
Accident occurred Thursday, January 20, 1983 in NYAC, AK
Aircraft: CESSNA A185F, registration: N61764
Injuries: 3 Fatal.

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 AIRCRAFT CRASHED AFTER COLLIDING WITH A TREE NEAR THE DESTINATION AIRPORT AT NYAC, AK. THE PILOT HAD TRIED THIS FLIGHT FROM ANIAK TO NYAC THE DAY BEFORE AND HAD RETURNED TO ANIAK BECAUSE OF WEATHER. THE WEATHER AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT WAS SNOWING AND BLOWING WITH WINDS OF 40 GUSTING TO 60 MPH OR HIGHER ACCORDING TO A RESIDENT OF NYAC. ANOTHER WITNESS SAID THE VISIBILITY WAS BELOW ONE HALF MILE. THE AIRCRAFT IMPACTED THE GROUND IN A 25 DECREE NOSE DOWN ATTITUDE AFTER THE LEFT WING CONTACTED A SPRUCE TREE 8 INCHES IN DIAMETER. AFTER GROUND IMPACT, THE AIRCRAFT BOUNCED BACK INTO THE AIR AND TRAVELED ABOUT 250 FEET BEFORE STOPPING. AIRCRAFT PARTS WERE SCATTERED FROM THE INITIAL GROUND CONTACT POINT TO THE FINAL STOPPING POINT. THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE OF PRE-IMPACT FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION. A FIRE ERUPTED AS A RESULT OF THE ACCIDENT.

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH WIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..GUSTS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..SNOW

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