NTSB Identification: ANC01LA080.
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Accident occurred Sunday, July 01, 2001 in Chitina, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/21/2002
Aircraft: Beech H35, registration: N5429D
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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The certificated private pilot said that the purpose of the flight was to show his friend some Alaskan scenery, in an area of mountainous, snow-covered terrain. As the flight progressed, the wind increased, and a strong downdraft caused the airplane to descend rapidly. The pilot applied full engine power in an attempt to climb, but the airplane continued to descend, rapidly lost airspeed, and subsequently collided with an area of snow-covered terrain.

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

The pilot's inadequate compensation for wind conditions. Factors associated with the accident are variable winds, and a downdraft.

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