NTSB Identification: ANC83LA078.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22301.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Sunday, May 08, 1983 in TWIN HILLS, AK
Aircraft: CESSNA U206, registration: N49HH
Injuries: 5 Uninjured.

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 PLT WAS DISPATCHED TO A BEACH AREA TO PICK UP PASSENGERS. AFTER LANDING, THE PASSENGERS & BAGGAGE WERE LOADED & THE PLT ATTEMPTED TO TAKEOFF. THE TOP & BOTTOM OF THE BEACH AREA HAD SOME HUMPS OF GRAVEL THAT BLENDED INTO THE BEACH SAND. DURING THE TAKEOFF ROLL, THE DOWN BEACH WHEEL HIT A HUMP. THE ACFT BOUNCED IN THE AIR, SETTLED IN A YAW, ENCOUNTERED LOOSE GRAVEL & SUBSEQUENTLY WENT INTO THE WATER. REPORTEDLY, THERE WAS FIERCE COMPETITION AMONG AIR TAXI OPERATORS FOR LUCRATIVE BUSINESS IN THIS AREA. ALSO, THE BEACH CONDITIONS REPORTEDLY CHANGED WITH THE TIDES.

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


Contributing Factors

SELF-INDUCED PRESSURE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..LOOSE GRAVEL/SANDY


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