GENERAL INFORMATION FOR NTSB REPORT: ANC00LA098
Data Source NTSB AVIATION ACCIDENT/INCIDENT DATABASE
NTSB Report Nbr ANC00LA098
Event Id 20001212X21361
Local Date 07/26/2000
Local Time 1415
State AK
Event Type ACCIDENT
Injury Severity NONE
Record Status
Mid Air Collision NO
Event Location OFF AIRPORT/AIRSTRIP

WEATHER INFORMATION
Weather Briefing Complete UNKNOWN
Basic Weather Conditions VISUAL METEOROLOGICAL COND
Light Condition DAY
Cloud Condition SCATTERED
Cloud Height above Ground Level (ft) 3900
Ceiling Height above Ground Level (ft) 7200
Cloud Type BROKEN
Visibility RVR (ft) 0
Visibility RVV (sm) 0
Visibility (sm) 10
Wind Direction (deg) 315
Wind Condition Flag U
Wind Speed (knots) 10
Wind Condition Indicated Unknown

AIRCRAFT INFORMATION
Aircraft 1
Type of Operation PART 91: GENERAL AVIATION
Registration Number N444EF
Aircraft Make DE HAVILLAND
Aircraft Model DHC2
Aircraft Series UNDESIGNATED SERIES
Aircraft Damage SUBSTANTIAL
Aircraft Fire NONE
Aircraft Explosion NONE
Aircraft Type AIRPLANE
Aircraft Homebuilt UNKNOWN
Phase of Flight TAKEOFF
Aircraft Use BUSINESS
Flight Plan Filed COMPANY VFR
Operator Name KATMAI PRO SHOP INC
Operator Doing Business As
Owner Name KATMAI PRO SHOP INC.
Number of Seats 8
Number of Engines 1
ELT Installed YES
ELT Operated NO
Departure Airport Id
Departure City
Last Departure Point YES
Destination Local DEST & DEPARTURE SAME, ACCIDENT CAN OCCUR ANYWHERE
Destination Airport Id AKN
Destination City
Destination State ALASKA
Runway Id 0
Air Carrier Operating Certificates YES
Air Carrier Other Operating Certificates UNKNOWN
Rotocraft/Agriculture Operating Certificate UNKNOWN
Cert Max Gross Wgt 5100

ENGINE INFORMATION

Aircraft 1 - Engine : #1
Engine Manufactuer P&W
Engine Model R-985
Engine Horsepower 450
Engine Thrust HP
Carb/Injection CARBURETOR

INJURY INFORMATION
Injury Summary for Aircraft 1
Fatal Serious Minor None
Crew 0 0 0 0
Pass 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 5
Sequence of Events for Aircraft 1
Occurrence #1
LOSS OF CONTROL - ON GROUND/WATER
Phase of Operation: TAKEOFF - ROLL/RUN

Events Sequence for Occurrence #1 of Aircraft 1
Event Seq # Event Group Code Subject Modifier Personnel Cause/Factor
1 1 TERRAIN CONDITION WATER
2 1 WEATHER CONDITION CROSSWIND FACTOR
3 2 COMPENSATION FOR WIND CONDITIONS INADEQUATE PILOT IN COMMAND CAUSE

Occurrence #2
ON GROUND/WATER COLLISION WITH OBJECT
Phase of Operation: TAKEOFF - ABORTED

Events Sequence for Occurrence #2 of Aircraft 1
Event Seq # Event Group Code Subject Modifier Personnel Cause/Factor
4 1 OBJECT TREE(S)




AIRCRAFT 1 PRELIMINARY REPORT


On July 26, 2000, about 1415 Alaska daylight time, a float equipped deHavilland DHC-2 airplane, N444EF, sustained substantial damage during takeoff from a fishing lodge, about 20 miles north of King Salmon, Alaska, about latitude 59 degree, 01 minutes north, and longitude 156 degrees, 48 minutes west. The airplane was being operated as a visual flight rules (VFR) cross-country business flight under Title 14, CFR Part 91, when the accident occurred. The airplane was operated by Katmai Pro Shop Inc., King Salmon. The commercial certificated pilot, and the four passengers, were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed. VFR company flight following procedures were in effect. On August 11, 2000, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge (IIC) was notified that the airplane had been damaged. An inspection of the airplane on the same day in Anchorage, Alaska, revealed wing rib damage to the right wing tip, and damage to the outboard end of the left elevator. During a telephone conversation with the NTSB (IIC), on August 14, 2000, at 0800, the pilot reported that he was departing the Katmai Lodge which is located near the confluence of the Alagnak River, and the Kvichak River. The pilot was transporting lodge guests to King Salmon. The pilot said he began a takeoff run toward the north and had just began to lower the nose on-step. He raised the water rudders and the airplane veered to the left. He said a left crosswind, and a strong river current from the right produced the left turn. He then aborted the takeoff. The airplane did not get airborne, and collided with trees along the bank of the river in an area of shallow water.

AIRCRAFT 1 FINAL REPORT


The pilot was departing a river in a float equipped airplane. Two branches of another river were flowing from the right, into the main channel used by the pilot for departure. A left crosswind was blowing between 10 to 20 knots. During the takeoff run toward the north, the pilot began to lower the nose of the airplane to get 'on-step.' He raised the water rudders and the airplane veered to the left. He said the left crosswind, and strong river current from the right produced the left turn. He then aborted the takeoff. The airplane did not get airborne, and collided with trees along the left bank of the river in an area of shallow water.

AIRCRAFT 1 CAUSE REPORT


The pilot's inadequate compensation for crosswind conditions.


END REPORT