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Last updated: 27 February 2021
Date:Thursday 23 September 2004
Type:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Britten-Norman BN-2A Islander
Operator:Homer Air
Registration: N6522T
C/n / msn: 136
First flight: 1969-12-02 (34 years 10 months)
Total airframe hrs:16473
Engines: 2 Lycoming O-540-E4C5
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Hallo Bay, AK (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Hallo Bay, AK, United States of America
Destination airport:Homer Airport, AK (HOM/PAHO), United States of America
The Islander was transporting guests to and from a remote wilderness lodge. It took off from a beach in severe winds. About 20 feet agl, a strong gust of wind, or a downdraft, hit the airplane. The airplane descended and the left wing collided with the beach, which spun the airplane 180 degrees. The airplane came to rest in about 2 1/2 feet of water.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's inadequate compensation for wind conditions, and his intentional flight into adverse weather conditions, which resulted in a loss of control and collision with terrain during takeoff-initial climb. Factors contributing to the accident were high and gusty wind conditions, and the pilot's inadequate preflight planning."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 258 days (9 months)
Accident number: ANC04LA113
Download report: Summary report

Loss of control

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