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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Sunday 19 June 2016
Time:15:35
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH3T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-3T Texas Turbine Otter
Operator:Bald Mountain Air Services
Registration: N104BM
C/n / msn: 118
First flight: 1956
Engines: 1 Garrett TPE331
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:17 km (10.6 mls) NE of Homer-Beluga Lake Seaplane Base (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Training
Departure airport:Homer-Beluga Lake Seaplane Base, AK, United States of America
Destination airport:Homer-Beluga Lake Seaplane Base, AK, United States of America
Narrative:
A float-equipped DHC-3T Turbine Otter airplane, N104BM, struck an eagle while en route at about 2,500 feet and 10 miles northeast of the Homer-Beluga Lake Seaplane Base, Alaska. The two airline pilots sustained no injuries, and the airplane sustained substantial damage.
The airplane was flying straight and level, at about 120 miles per hour (mph), at an altitude of about 2,500 feet, and heading northeast at the time of impact with the eagle. The flight crew notified the Homer Flight Service Station of the bird strike and their intentions to return to base. At this time, the airplane was flying normal with no control issues. However, the first attempt at landing was aborted due to an uncontrollable aileron roll to the left when the airspeed decayed below 75 mph. The flight crew declared an emergency and requested emergency services. During the subsequent landing, the flight crew maintained the airspeed above 75 mph until an altitude that was just above the surface of the water. The landing was accomplished without any further control issues.

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 109 days (4 months)
Accident number: ANC16LA034
Download report: Summary report

Classification:
Bird strike
Forced landing on runway

Sources:
» NTSB


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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.
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