Accident de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter N13GA , Thursday 23 June 1994
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Date:Thursday 23 June 1994
Time:20:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter
Owner/operator:Wings of Alaska
Registration: N13GA 
MSN: 179
Year of manufacture:1956
Total airframe hrs:7672 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-1340
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 11
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial, written off
Category:Accident
Location:Taku Inlet, AK -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Taku Lodge-Taku SPB, AK (TKL)
Destination airport:Juneau Harbor Seaplane Base, AK
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
Five aircraft departed a lodge, one behind the other. Fog and drizzle were encountered, and the pilot of the first aircraft radioed to the pilots of the other aircraft to cross the river to the east shoreline. A passenger in the fourth aircraft (N13GA) stated that when the aircraft was over the middle of the river, she could not see either shore due to fog. The pilot of N13GA (a floatplane) stated that he encountered deteriorating weather & started a descent, intending to make a precautionary landing. He began to level, expecting conditions to improve. Subsequently, the floatplane hit the surface of 'glassy water' and crashed.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "VFR flight by the pilot into instrument meteorological conditions (IMC), and his failure to maintain altitude (clearance) above the surface of the river. Factors related to the accident were: the adverse weather conditions, and the surface condition of the river (glassy water)."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: ANC94FA070
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 11 months
Download report: Final report

Sources:

NTSB

History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

4 February 1992 N13GA Taquan Air Service, Inc. 0 Metlakatla, AK sub

Statistics

  • 63rd worst accident in 1994
  • 6th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 6th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time

Location

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
16-Mar-2024 09:02 ASN Updated [Accident report]

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