NTSB Identification: ANC08CA110.
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Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 19, 2008 in Igiugig, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/29/2008
Aircraft: Cessna U206G, registration: N4773U
Injuries: 5 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 commercial pilot was shuttling fisherman between lakes in the float-equipped airplane under Title 14, CFR Part 135, when the accident occurred. The pilot reported that he planned to shuttle two passengers at a time, but felt the wind was sufficient to take four. He said that during the takeoff roll the wind went calm, and that the glassy water extended his run farther than expected. The pilot said he felt there was not enough lake left to stop the airplane before colliding with the bank if he aborted the takeoff, and decided to continue the takeoff. He said the airplane lifted off the lake about 20 inches, and collided with the bank. The pilot said there were no known mechanical anomalies with the airplane prior to the accident, and that the airplane sustained fuselage damage during the accident.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's misjudged speed and distance during takeoff, which resulted in the float-equipped airplane colliding with a bank. Full narrative available
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