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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 175846
Last updated: 15 October 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C180 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 180H
Registration: N2472F
MSN: 18051674
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Talkeetna, AK -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Talkeetna, AK
Destination airport:Palmer, AK (99Z)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The airline transport certificated pilot was departing from a snow-covered area on a remote glacier in a ski-equipped airplane. During the downhill takeoff from the glacier, the pilot said that the left main landing gear ski collided with snow-covered terrain just after the airplane became airborne, and the left main landing gear strut was torn off the fuselage. During the subsequent emergency landing on the snow, the airplane received additional damage to the left wing and fuselage. The pilot said the weather conditions were clear, and the visibility was unrestricted. An emergency locator transmitter (ELT) signal was received by search and rescue personnel, and the airplane's occupants were picked up by a rescue helicopter. In the Pilot/Operator Aircraft Accident Report (NTSB Form 6120.1) submitted by the pilot, the pilot indicated that the landing/takeoff area had 6 to 8 feet high snow drifts, but the area was still being used by local ski-equipped aircraft.
Probable Cause: The pilot's selection of unsuitable terrain for takeoff, which resulted in a collision with a snow drift during takeoff/initial climb. Factors contributing to the accident were the snow-covered and uneven terrain.




Revision history:

02-May-2015 12:19 Noro Added
21-Dec-2016 19:30 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
07-Dec-2017 17:47 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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