Accident Cessna A185E N4538F, Saturday 5 January 2013
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Date:Saturday 5 January 2013
Time:12:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic C185 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna A185E
Owner/operator:William A Barnes
Registration: N4538F
MSN: 185-1025
Total airframe hrs:3316 hours
Engine model:Continental IO 520 SERIES
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Skwentna, Alaska -   United States of America
Phase: Taxi
Departure airport:Anchorage-Merrill Field, AK (MRI/PAMR)
Destination airport:Skwentna, AK
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot of the wheel/ski-equipped airplane landed on a remote, frozen, snow-covered lake. While taxiing to park, the right wheel/ski struck an area of ice overflow that was covered by snow. During the collision, the axle bolts on the right wheel/ski broke, which pivoted the airplane to the right, and the right wing struck the snow-covered ice. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing. The pilot reported no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. In a written statement, the pilot reported that flat light conditions on the snow-covered lake contributed to his inability to see the ice overflow.

Probable Cause: The pilot's selection of unsuitable terrain for landing, which resulted in a main landing gear collapse.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: ANC13CA020
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 months
Download report: Final report




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