NTSB Identification: ANC02LA003.
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Accident occurred Friday, October 05, 2001 in PORT ALSWORTH, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/02/2002
Aircraft: Cessna 185, registration: N1966U
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 commercial certificated pilot was landing a float-equipped airplane on the surface of a remote lake. The water surface was smooth and glassy. The pilot said he touched down too fast, and the airplane nosed over. The pilot, who was wearing an inflatable jacket, exited the inverted airplane and got onto the floats. The airplane sank in about two minutes. The pilot then swam for about 40 minutes to the shore. The pilot said the airplane is resting in about 250 feet of water, and has not been recovered.

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

The pilot's excessive descent rate and subsequent hard landing during the landing flare/touchdown. A factor in the accident was glassy water conditions.

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