NTSB Identification: ANC82DAG42
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 18, 1982 in NEAR TYONEK, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/18/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 185, registration: N3489Y
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Uninjured.

THE FLOAT EQUIPPED PLANE WAS BEING USED TO TRANSPORT CARGO. A PASSENGER WAS PUT ON THE FLIGHT AT THE LAST MINUTE, BUT THE PILOT BELIEVED THE AIRCRAFT WAS WITHIN ITS MAXIMUM WEIGHT LIMIT. AFTER TAKEOFF, THE PILOT REMAINED AT A LOW ALTITUDE FOR A TIME WHILE THE PASSENGER TOOK PICTURES. WHILE EN ROUTE, THE PILOT BEGAN CLIMBING TOWARD MERRIL PASS. HE REPORTED THAT AS HE ENTERED THE PASS, THE AIRCRAFT BEGAN A 500 FT PER MINUTE RATE OF DESCENT. HE ATTEMPTED TO TURN BACK WHILE IN A BOWL SHAPED AREA, BUT WAS UNABLE TO CLEAR THE TERRAIN IN THE TURN. SUBSEQUENTLY, HE LEVELED THE WINGS AND CRASH LANDED. THE ELEVATION OF THE CRASH SITE WAS ABOUT 3000 FT. THE TEMPERATURE WAS ABOUT 60 DEGREES AND THE WIND WAS REPORTED AS LIGHT AND VARIABLE.

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

DISTANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRSPEED..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ALTITUDE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH DENSITY ALTITUDE


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..DOWNDRAFT


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..RISING

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