NTSB Identification: ANC05LA143.
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Accident occurred Saturday, September 10, 2005 in Igiugig, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/28/2006
Aircraft: Cessna 180C, registration: N9254T
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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The airline transport pilot was conducting a 14 CFR Part 91 personal cross-country flight when she smelled smoke in the cockpit. She flew to a small, rough airstrip in the area, while assessing the problem. Unable to isolate the problem, she elected to make a precautionary landing. During the landing the airplane encountered soft terrain and nosed over. Postcrash inspection of the airplane by an aircraft mechanic discovered that the engine starter had failed to disengage, resulting in an overheated starter and smoke in the cockpit.

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

The failure of the airplane's starter to disengage, which resulted in an overheated starter, smoke in the cockpit, and an emergency landing. A factor associated with the accident was soft terrain encountered during the emergency landing.

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