NTSB Identification: ANC01LA122.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, August 21, 2001 in Cordova, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/15/2002
Aircraft: Cessna 185F, registration: N111FB
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

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The certificated commerical pilot, with two passengers aboard, was departing to the east on a grass-covered airstrip. Just after lift-off, a strong gust of wind from the left pushed the tail of the airplane to the right. The airplane veered to the left and struck a stand of trees. It sustained substantial damage to the wings, fuselage, and empennage.

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

The pilot's inadequate compensation for wind conditions during takeoff. Factors associated with the accident were trees and a variable wind.

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