GENERAL INFORMATION FOR NTSB REPORT: ANC00LA099
Data Source NTSB AVIATION ACCIDENT/INCIDENT DATABASE
NTSB Report Nbr ANC00LA099
Event Id 20001212X21631
Local Date 08/11/2000
Local Time 2025
State AK
Event Type ACCIDENT
Injury Severity NONE
Record Status
Mid Air Collision NO
Event Location OFF AIRPORT/AIRSTRIP

WEATHER INFORMATION
Weather Briefing Complete NOT PERTINENT
Basic Weather Conditions VISUAL METEOROLOGICAL COND
Light Condition DAY
Cloud Condition UNKNOWN
Cloud Height above Ground Level (ft) 0
Ceiling Height above Ground Level (ft) 1500
Cloud Type OVERCAST
Visibility RVR (ft) 0
Visibility RVV (sm) 0
Visibility (sm) 10
Wind Direction (deg) 350
Wind Condition Flag U
Wind Speed (knots) 10
Wind Condition Indicated Unknown

AIRCRAFT INFORMATION
Aircraft 1
Type of Operation PART 135: AIR TAXI & COMMUTER
Registration Number N20752
Aircraft Make CESSNA
Aircraft Model 185
Aircraft Series UNDESIGNATED SERIES
Aircraft Damage SUBSTANTIAL
Aircraft Fire NONE
Aircraft Explosion NONE
Aircraft Type AIRPLANE
Aircraft Homebuilt UNKNOWN
Phase of Flight LANDING
Aircraft Use UNKNOWN
Category of Operation NON-SCHEDULED
Flight Plan Filed VFR
Domestic/International DOMESTIC
Passenger/Cargo PASSENGER ONLY
Operator Name CAPE SMYTHE AIR SERVICE INC
Operator Doing Business As
Owner Name CAPE SMYTHE AIR SERVICE INC.
Number of Seats 4
Number of Engines 1
ELT Installed YES
ELT Operated YES
Departure Airport Id PABR
Departure City
Last Departure Point YES
Destination Airport Id PASC
Destination City DEADHORSE
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 3350

ENGINE INFORMATION

Aircraft 1 - Engine : #1
Engine Manufactuer Continental
Engine Model IO-520-D
Engine Horsepower 300
Engine Thrust HP
Carb/Injection FUEL INJECTED

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 2
Sequence of Events for Aircraft 1
Occurrence #1
ON GROUND/WATER ENCOUNTER WITH TERRAIN/WATER
Phase of Operation: LANDING - ROLL

Events Sequence for Occurrence #1 of Aircraft 1
Event Seq # Event Group Code Subject Modifier Personnel Cause/Factor
1 1 TERRAIN CONDITION TUNDRA
2 1 TERRAIN CONDITION HIDDEN OBSTRUCTION(S) FACTOR
3 2 UNSUITABLE TERRAIN OR TAKEOFF/LANDING/TAXI AREA SELECTED PILOT IN COMMAND CAUSE
4 1 TERRAIN CONDITION SOFT FACTOR

Occurrence #2
NOSE OVER
Phase of Operation: LANDING - ROLL

Events Sequence for Occurrence #2 of Aircraft 1
Event Seq # Event Group Code Subject Modifier Personnel Cause/Factor




AIRCRAFT 1 PRELIMINARY REPORT


On August 11, 2000, about 2025 Alaska daylight time, a wheel equipped Cessna 185F airplane, N20752, sustained substantial damage during landing at Cape Simpson, a remote area about 41 miles east of Barrow, Alaska, about latitude 71 degrees, 04 minutes north, and longitude 154 degrees, 45 minutes west. The airplane was being operated as a visual flight rules (VFR) cross-country on-demand passenger flight under Title 14, CFR Part 135, when the accident occurred. The airplane was operated by Cape Smythe Air Service Inc., Barrow. The airline transport certificated pilot, and the sole passenger, were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed. A VFR flight plan was filed. The flight originated at the Wiley Post/Will Rogers Memorial Airport, Barrow, at 1955. During a telephone conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge (IIC), on August 14, 2000, the pilot reported that he originally intended to transport the passenger to Cape Simpson, and then continue to Deadhorse, Alaska. Due to high winds reported in Deadhorse, the pilot decided to only fly to Cape Simpson and return to Barrow. The landing area was a large area of tundra with eight to ten inch tall grass, next to a fishing camp. The day before the flight, the entire north coast of Alaska had received heavy rain. The pilot said he landed into the wind, toward the north. During the landing roll, as the pilot was applying the brakes, the airplane bounced over an unseen bump and became airborne about 12 inches. When the airplane touched down again, the main wheels encountered soft mud. The airplane nosed over and received damage to the propeller, wing lift struts, the vertical stabilizer, and the rudder.

AIRCRAFT 1 FINAL REPORT


At the conclusion of an on-demand air taxi flight, the airline transport certificated pilot was landing a tailwheel-equipped airplane. The landing area was a large area of tundra with eight to ten inch tall grass, next to a fishing camp. The day before the flight, the entire north coast of Alaska had received heavy rain. The pilot said he landed into the wind, toward the north. During the landing roll, as the pilot was applying the brakes, the airplane bounced over an unseen bump and became airborne about 12 inches. When the airplane touched down again, the main wheels encountered soft mud. The airplane nosed over and received damage to the propeller, wing lift struts, the vertical stabilizer, and the rudder.

AIRCRAFT 1 CAUSE REPORT


The pilot's selection of unsuitable terrain for landing. A factor in the accident was a hidden obstruction, and soft terrain.


END REPORT