Preliminary Accident Reports

May 2002 Issue

February 04, Bethel, Alaska / Cessna Stationair

At about 1042 Alaska time, a Cessna 206 crashed into snow-covered terrain about 80 miles northwest of Bethel, killing the pilot. The Part 135 cargo/mail flight was en route to Chevak at the time of the accident. Civil Air Patrol personnel said they could not conduct a search of the area due to low clouds, low visibility and icing conditions. A pilot who departed Bethel about 10 minutes before the accident flight, also bound for Chevak, said the weather along the route was low visibility with snow squalls moving through the area and flat lighting conditions....

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