Accident
Last updated: 21 December 2014
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Donnerstag 23 Juni 1994
Zeit:20:15 ADT
Flugzeugtyp:de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter
Fluggesellschaft:Wings of Alaska
Kennzeichen: N13GA 
Werknummer: 179
Baujahr: 1956
Betriebsstunden:7672
Triebwerk: 1 Pratt & Whitney R-1340
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 1
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 7 / Insassen: 10
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 7 / Insassen: 11
Sachschaden: schwer beschädigt
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Taku Inlet, AK (   USA)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer außerplanmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Taku Lodge-Taku SPB, AK (TKL), USA
Flug nach:Juneau, AK, USA
Unfallbericht:
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.

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)."

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