Mid-air collision Accident de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver Mk I (L-20A) N2106K, 05 Jul 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver Mk I (L-20A)
Owner/operator:Brooks Seaplane Service Inc
Registration: N2106K
MSN: 1131
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Lake Coeur d'Alene, ID -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Lake Coeur d'Alene Seaplane Base, ID
Destination airport:Lake Coeur d'Alene Seaplane Base, ID
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
On July 5, 2020, about 1422 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna TU206G, N6373U, and a De Havilland DHC-2 MK1 (L20A), N2106K, were destroyed when they were involved in an accident near Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. The Cessna pilot and passenger and the De Havilland pilot and five passengers were fatally injured. The Cessna was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight. The De Havilland was operated as a Title 14 CFR Part 91 air tour flight.

The float-equipped De Havilland DHC-2 was on a tour flight, and the Cessna 206 was on a personal flight. The airplanes collided in midair over a lake during day visual meteorological conditions. No radar or automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast data were available for either airplane. Witnesses reported that the airplanes were flying directly toward each other before they collided about 700 to 800 ft above the water. Other witnesses reported that the Cessna was at a lower altitude and had initiated a climb before the collision. Review of 2 seconds of video captured as part of a witness’ “live” photo showed that both airplanes appeared to be in level flight before the collision.

No evidence of any preexisting mechanical malfunction was observed with either airplane.
Recovered wreckage and impact signatures were consistent with the upper fuselage of the Cessna colliding with the floats and the lower fuselage of the De Havilland. The impact angle could not be determined due to the lack of available evidence, including unrecovered wreckage. The available evidence was consistent with both pilots’ failure to see and avoid the other airplane.

Probable Cause: The failure of the pilots of both airplanes to see and avoid the other airplane.




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Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years 1 month
Download report: Final report



Photos: NTSB

Revision history:

05-Jul-2020 23:08 Captain Adam Added
05-Jul-2020 23:26 Geno Updated [Time, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Location, Source]
05-Jul-2020 23:52 Geno Updated [Source]
06-Jul-2020 05:07 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Total fatalities, Source, Narrative]
06-Jul-2020 05:22 harro Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Source, Narrative]
06-Jul-2020 11:05 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
06-Jul-2020 16:46 harro Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
06-Jul-2020 17:19 harro Updated [Registration, Nature, Source, Damage]
06-Jul-2020 18:04 RobertMB Updated [Source]
06-Jul-2020 18:09 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Phase, Source, Narrative]
10-Mar-2021 20:08 harro Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Category]
04-Sep-2022 22:47 Captain Adam Updated [Location, Source, Damage, Narrative, Accident report, Photo]
04-Sep-2022 22:48 Captain Adam Updated [Photo]

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