On October 9, 2005, about 1145 Alaska daylight time, a wheel-equipped Cessna 206 airplane, N4447Z, sustained substantial damage while landing on a gravel-covered off airport site, located 45 miles east of Seward, Alaska. The airplane was being operated as a visual flight rules (VFR) positioning flight under Title 14, CFR Part 91, when the accident occurred. The solo commercial pilot was not injured. The flight originated at the Seward Airport, Seward, about 1115. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and company flight following procedures were in effect. Use your browsers 'back' function to return to synopsisReturn to Query Page
During a telephone conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge (IIC) on October 13, the pilot reported that he was landing on a gravel-covered off airport site, with a prevailing left crosswind. The pilot stated he inadvertently allowed the airplane to touchdown to the right of the landing site, and the right wing and nose wheel struck rock-covered terrain. The nose wheel subsequently collapsed, and the airplane pivoted to the right, followed by the left wing striking the ground. The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings. The pilot said that there were no preaccident mechanical anomalies with the airplane.