ASN Aircraft accident Cessna 208 Caravan I N265KP Elfin Cove Seaplane Base, AK (ELV)
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Status:Information verified through authorities or other official sources.
Date:Sunday 26 June 2022
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208 Caravan I
Operator:Alaska Seaplanes
Registration: N265KP
MSN: 20800375
First flight: 2004
Total airframe hrs:6130
Engines: 1 Honeywell TPE331-12JR
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Elfin Cove Seaplane Base, AK (ELV) (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Elfin Cove SPB, AK (ELV/PAEL), United States of America
Destination airport:Juneau International Airport, AK (JNU/PAJN), United States of America
Alaska Seaplanes flight 1802, a float-equipped Cessna 208 Caravan, was substantially damaged when it crashed into shore rocks during a takeoff attempt in Elfin Cove, Alaska.
The pilot and seven passengers were not injured.

The pilot of the float and wheel-equipped airplane reported that while the airplane was accelerating on the water for takeoff it veered to the right. While attempting to correct for the veer, he noticed a skiff in his departure path, which caused a momentary distraction. Unable to correct for the veer he aborted the takeoff but was unable to avoid an impact with the rocky shoreline, which resulted in substantial damage to the right wing and aileron.

Probable Cause:

Probable Cause:
The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during takeoff which resulted in an impact with terrain.
Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s momentary distraction from conflicting boat traffic.

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 159 days (5 months)
Accident number: ANC22LA048
Download report: Summary report

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Distance from Elfin Cove SPB, AK to Juneau International Airport, AK as the crow flies is 104 km (65 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

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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