NTSB Identification: ANC13LA066
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Sunday, July 21, 2013 in King Salmon, AK
Aircraft: CESSNA T207A, registration: N499K
Injuries: 3 Minor,5 Uninjured.
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 21, 2013, about 1150 Alaska daylight time, N499K, a turbine-powered, float-equipped Cessna T207A collided with a fishing boat and nosed over during takeoff in the Naknek River near the King Salmon Airport (PAKN), King Salmon, Alaska. The commercial pilot and six passengers on board the airplane and the three people in the boat received minor to no injuries. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to Katmai Air Leasing, LLC, and operated by Katmai Air under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 135. Meteorological conditions that met the criteria for special visual flight rules (SVFR) prevailed. The flight was originating at the time of the accident and was destined for Brooks Camp in the Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska.
The pilot stated that he was taking off up-river and that he never saw the boat. The operator of the 18.5-foot aluminum fishing boat said that, when he first heard the airplane and then turned and saw it, it was about 75 yards away and coming straight toward the boat on a path that looked like it would collide with the middle of the boat. The boat operator said that the boat's motor was idling in neutral and that he put it in reverse to try to move the boat out of the path of the airplane. The boat operator said that, as he backed the boat away, the airplane struck the front of it. The boat operator and his two fishing clients were thrown into the water.
The boat operator said that, once he got his head above the water, he looked for his clients and saw that they were swimming toward the shore and that a boat was nearby. He saw that the airplane was upside down in the water, and he swam toward it to try to help. He said that the pilot already had most of the passengers out of the airplane and that other boats in the area quickly arrived to help get everybody out of the water.
Pre-recovery photographs of the airplane provided by the Alaska State Troopers and the Federal Aviation Administration showed that the nose of the airplane's left float was crushed aft and upward and an outboard section of the right wing was crushed and partially separated. The front right side of the boat was crushed inward, upward, and aft.
Weather conditions reported at PAKN, about 1 mile from the accident site, at 1154 included wind from 050 degrees at 6 knots, visibility 10 miles, and ceilings broken at 700 and 1,300 feet.
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