NTSB Identification: ANC07LA100.
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Accident occurred Friday, August 10, 2007 in Pedro Bay, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/28/2008
Aircraft: Cessna 185, registration: N3306R
Injuries: 6 Uninjured.
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The commercial pilot was landing at a remote tidal beach site. During the landing roll, the airplane began to veer to the left, towards the water, and the pilot was unable to correct the veer. The airplane ground looped to the left, the right main landing gear leg collapsed, and the right wing struck the surface of the beach. The airplane's right wing sustained substantial damage. The airplane was not recovered before being subjected to numerous tide cycles, and the airplane was damaged extensively before a postaccident inspection could be accomplished. In his written statement to the NTSB, the pilot wrote, in part: "I suspect the tail wheel malfunctioned."
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The loss of control during the landing roll for an unknown reason.
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