Beschrijving: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.
|Datum:||23 JUN 1994|
|Type:||de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter|
|Luchtvaartmaatschappij:||Wings of Alaska|
|Registratie:|| N13GA |
|Motoren:|| 1 Pratt & Whitney R-1340|
|Bemanning:||slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 1|
|Passagiers:||slachtoffers: 7 / inzittenden: 10|
|Totaal:||slachtoffers: 7 / inzittenden: 11 |
|Gevolgen:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Plaats:||Taku Inlet, AK (Verenigde Staten)
|Fase:|| Kruisvlucht (ENR)|
|Soort vlucht:||Binnenlandse charter|
|Vliegveld van vertrek:||Taku Lodge-Taku SPB, AK (TKL), Verenigde Staten|
|Vliegveld van aankomst:||Juneau, AK, Verenigde Staten|
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)."
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.