NTSB Identification: ANC12CA060
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Monday, July 02, 2012 in Ketchikan, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/09/2012
Aircraft: DEHAVILLAND BEAVER DHC-2, registration: N1018A
Injuries: 6 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 float-equipped airplane reported that he planned to step taxi while making a left turn and then takeoff. He applied takeoff power to get the airplane on step, then reduced power, and started a turn to the left. The airplane turned to the left sharper than he anticipated. He applied right rudder and reduced left aileron. As the turn started to straighten out, the airplane’s right wing struck the water and sustained substantial damage. There were no preaccident mechanical issues with the airplane.

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

The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during a step turn on floats.

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