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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 226453
Last updated: 22 May 2020
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Date:21-JUN-2019
Time:15:46
Type:Silhouette image of generic COUR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Helio H-250 Courier
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N6314V
C/n / msn: 2534
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:near Little Johnstone bay southeast of Seward, AK -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Seward, AK
Destination airport:Seward, AK (SWD)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The airline transport pilot was asked to pick up two passengers, and their equipment, from a remote unimproved, grass-covered airstrip that was surrounded by trees at the southern end of the site. After failing to return with the passengers, a friend of the pilot initiated an aerial search and found the airplane at the south end of the airstrip on the shoreline of a small river. The airplane was observed in a near vertical position and had largely been consumed by a postcrash fire.

The initial impact point was marked by a fresh tree break in an area of 85 ft. tall trees at the departure end of the site. The airplane's left wing had a large elliptical-shaped impact area with fresh pieces of the broken tree wedged inside. First responders found some of the passenger's equipment/luggage on the side of the accident airstrip, which appeared to have been intentionally left.

The exact takeoff weight of the airplane is unknown due to the postcrash fire.

During an NTSB postaccident examination of the airplane and engine, no mechanical malfunction or anomalies were found.

Given the lack of any mechanical deficiencies with the airplane, the grass-covered airstrip, and a stand of tall trees at the departure end of the site, it is likely the airplane collided with a tall tree during initial climb out, and subsequently the pilot lost control of the airplane.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain clearance from trees during takeoff, which resulted in an in-flight collision, a loss of control, and impact with terrain.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20190624X12053&key=1
FAA register: https://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=6314V

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 11 months
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
22-Jun-2019 22:45 Geno Added
22-Jun-2019 22:48 Geno Updated [Total fatalities, Source, Narrative]
23-Jun-2019 09:19 harro Updated [Narrative]
03-Jul-2019 22:30 Geno Updated [Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
22-May-2020 09:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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