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Last updated: 18 October 2019
Status:Final
Date:Wednesday 21 May 1975
Time:09:05
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter
Operator:Woods Air Service
Registration: N90574
C/n / msn: 174
First flight: 1956
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Anchorage-Lake Hood, AK (LHD) (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Anchorage-Lake Hood, AK (LHD/PALH), United States of America
Destination airport:Aniak Airport, AK (ANI/PANI), United States of America
Narrative:
The aircraft stalled on takeoff from a gravel strip at the Lake Hood Seaplane base and crashed. It damaged five cars, a lumber stack and a fence. The aircraft was at least 484 lbs (220 kg) over the maximum gross weight.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE(S)
pilot in command - inadequate preflight preparation and/or planning
pilot in command - failed to obtain/maintain flying speed
FACTOR(S)
pilot in command - lack of familiarity with aircraft
miscellaneous acts,conditions - improperly loaded aircraft-weight-and/or c.g.
miscellaneous acts,conditions - incorrect trim setting

Classification:
Overloaded
Loss of control

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Anchorage-Lake Hood, AK to Aniak Airport, AK as the crow flies is 508 km (317 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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