NTSB Identification: ANC12LA080
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 31, 2012 in Gakona, AK
Aircraft: CESSNA 182B, registration: N7150E
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor.
This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
On July 31, 2012, about 1000 Alaska daylight time, a Cessna 182B airplane, N7150E, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing, following a loss of engine power, near Gakona, Alaska. The private pilot sustained minor injuries, and the sole passenger sustained serious injuries. The flight was being operated as a visual flight rules (VFR) personal cross-country flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 when the accident occurred. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a VFR flight plan was filed and active. The flight originated at Northway, Alaska about 0910, and was destined to Gulkana, Alaska.
In an interview with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge (IIC) on August 2, the pilot said he refueled the airplane the previous night in Whitehorse, British Columbia, Canada. He flew from Whitehorse to Northway, where he cleared Customs, and then continued on toward Gulkana. About 40 minutes into the flight, the engine began to lose power. He switched the fuel selector valve to different positions, and was able to briefly regain engine power. When the engine lost power the second time, the pilot elected to make a forced landing, but had insufficient altitude to reach a highway, and landed in a tree-covered field. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the wings, fuselage, and the empennage.
A NTSB postaccident examination of the airframe and engine is pending.
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