ANC95LA059
ANC95LA059

On May 25, 1995, about 1848 hours Alaska daylight time, a wheel/ski equipped Cessna A185F, N1047F, crashed during takeoff from a remote landing site in Denali National Park, about 50 miles northwest of Talkeetna, Alaska. The airplane was being operated as a visual flight rules (VFR) cross-country on-demand passenger flight under Title 14 CFR Part 135 when the accident occurred. The airplane, operated by Doug Geeting Aviation, Talkeetna, Alaska, received substantial damage. The certificated commercial pilot and two passengers received minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed. A VFR flight plan was filed. The takeoff was the beginning of the return portion of the flight that departed Talkeetna about 1715.

The National Park Service reported that the flight was departing a landing site located at the 7,000 feet level of the Kahiltna Glacier. The purpose of the flight was to transport climbers from the Mount McKinley base camp. The airplane was departing downhill from an area that had been packed down by other aircraft. Recent heavy snows had deposited about 6 feet of new snow on the glacier. During the takeoff roll, the accident airplane encountered an area of soft snow and nosed over.

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