NTSB Identification: ANC83FA042.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22139.
Accident occurred Tuesday, February 01, 1983 in MELOZI HOT SPGS, AK
Aircraft: BELLANCA 8GCBC, registration: N8639V
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.
ACFT DEPTD A PRIVATE AIRSTRIP WITH NO FLT PLAN AND WAS LATER REPORTED OVERDUE. ACFT WRECKAGE WAS FOUND ON SEPT. 27, 1984. DEBRIS WAS SCATTERED NEAR THE BOTTOM OF A 1000 FT BOX CANYON CLIFF. THE MAIN FUSELAGE WAS FOUND IN A LAKE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE CANYON. TANANA FSS REPORTED MODERATE TO SEVERE TURBULANCE IN THE AREA WHEN THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED. A PAX WHO FLEW INTO MELOZI WITH THE PLT THEN DEPLANED STATED THE PLT DID NOT SEEM VERY FAMILIAR WITH THE AREA. THE ELEVATION OF THE LAKE WAS 2700 FT. THE CLIFFS/PEAKS SURROUNDING THE LAKE REACHED ABOUT 3700 FT.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND
LACK OF FAMILIARITY WITH GEOGRAPHIC AREA..PILOT IN COMMAND
WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH DENSITY ALTITUDE
WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND
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