Preliminary Accident Reports

September 2009 Issue

July 22, 2009, Iliamna, Alaska, deHavilland DHC-2 Beaver

At about 1005 Alaska time, the float-equipped airplane sustained substantial damage when it collided with tree-covered terrain after takeoff. No one among the commercial pilot and four passengers aboard was injured. Visual conditions prevailed. The pilot subsequently reported he assessed the wind and water conditions indicated a downstream takeoff with a quartering left crosswind. As the airplane climbed to about 20 feet above the water, the wind subsided, and the airplane stopped climbing.

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