December 3, 2012, Mekoryuk, Alaska – Cessna 208B Grand Caravan


At about 1050 Alaska time, the airplane sustained substantial damage during a forced landing shortly after takeoff. The two pilots and six of the passengers were not injured; one passenger sustained minor injuries. Visual conditions prevailed for the scheduled Part 135 commuter flight.

The PIC subsequently stated the takeoff and initial climb were normal, but shortly after passing 1000 feet the engine “coughed,” started vibrating and lost power. An attempt to restart the engine was not successful. The airplane was landed on a frozen bay. During the forced landing, the airplane’s fuselage and right wing were damaged.


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