Narrative:A Britten-Norman BN-2A-21 Islander passenger plane, registered N663SA, sustained substantial damage in an accident at Kodiak Airport, AK (ADQ). All three on board were injured.
The airplane was taking off from Kodiak runway 25, on a domestic flight to Old Harbor Airport, AK (OLH). The Islander contacted the tops of trees past the end of the runway and came to rest nose down on the ground in a stand of trees, the branches supporting the plane in a vertical position.
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's failure to maintain clearance from rising terrain during takeoff resulting in collision with trees."
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METAR Weather report:
20:45 UTC / 12:45 local time: 2045Z 290 21 G27KT 7SM -SN SCT025 SCT030 BKN 01/M03 A2970
Wind 290 degrees at 21 knots, gusting to 27 knots; visibility 7 miles; light snow; scattered clouds at 2,500 ft and 3,000 ft; temperature 1 degree C, dew point -3 degrees C
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
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Distance from Kodiak Airport, AK to Old Harbor Airport, AK as the crow flies is 75 km (47 miles).