NTSB Identification: ANC08CA049.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, April 08, 2008 in Big Lake, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/30/2008
Aircraft: Cessna 185, registration: N185AR
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.
The pilot of the wheel-ski equipped airplane related that while en route to his home airport, he encountered an area of transient snow showers along his flight path, which required him to fly further north than originally anticipated. He said that as he approached his destination airport, the engine began to lose power, and he selected a snow-covered meadow as a forced landing site. During touchdown, the wheel-skis sank in deep snow, and both main landing gear legs collapsed. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and right wing. The pilot indicated that there were no preaccident mechanical problems with the airplane, and noted that the reason for the loss of engine power was due to fuel exhaustion.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's failure to refuel the airplane prior to fuel exhaustion.
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