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Crash of a De Havilland DHC-3T Otter on Mt Jumbo

Date & Time: Jul 10, 2018 at 0930 LT
Operator: Taquan Air (35968)">
Registration:
N3952B
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
MSN:
225
YOM:
1957
Location: Ketchikan (21477)"> Alaska (13556)">
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
10
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
En route, the pilot encountered an unexpected situation and it is believed he elected to make an emergency landing on a slope of Mt Jumbo located 39 miles southwest of Ketchikan. On touchdown, the airplane lost its floats and crashed on a rocky ground. All 11 occupants were slightly injured and later evacuated.

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-3T Turbo Otter in Iliamna: 3 killed

Date & Time: Sep 15, 2015 at 0606 LT
Operator: Rainbow King Lodge (34959)">
Registration:
N928RK
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Iliamna - Swishak River
MSN:
61
YOM:
1954
Location: Iliamna (20947)"> Alaska (13556)">
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
9
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Captain / Total flying hours:
11300
Captain / Total hours on type:
450.00
Aircraft flight hours:
15436
Circumstances:
On September 15, 2015, about 0606 Alaska daylight time, a single-engine, turbine-powered, float-equipped de Havilland DHC-3T (Otter) airplane, N928RK, impacted tundra-covered terrain just after takeoff from East Wind Lake, about 1 mile east of the Iliamna Airport, Iliamna, Alaska. Of the 10 people on board, three passengers died at the scene, the airline transport pilot and four passengers sustained serious injuries, and two passengers sustained minor injuries. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by Rainbow King Lodge, Inc., Lemoore, California, as a visual flight rules other work use flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. Dark night, visual meteorological conditions existed at the departure point at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed for the flight. At the time of the accident, the airplane was en route to a remote fishing site on the Swishak River, about 75 miles northwest of Kodiak, Alaska.
Causes:
The pilot's decision to depart in dark night, visual meteorological conditions over water, which resulted in his subsequent spatial disorientation and loss of airplane control. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's failure to determine the airplane's actual preflight weight and balance and center of gravity (CG), which led to the airplane being loaded and operated outside of the weight and CG limits and to a subsequent aerodynamic stall.
Final Report:

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-3T Turbo Otter near Ella Lake: 9 killed

Date & Time: Jun 25, 2015 at 1405 LT
Operator: Promech Air (32658)">
Registration:
N270PA
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Ketchikan - Ketchikan
MSN:
270
YOM:
1993
Location: Ella Lake (19602)"> Alaska (13556)">
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
8
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
9
Circumstances:
The single engine aircraft left Ketchikan at noon for a sightseeing tour over the Misty Fjords with eight passengers that were sailing on the 'Westerdam' that left Seattle on June 20. En route, while cruising at an estimated altitude of 800 feet in marginal weather conditions, the aircraft hit the slope of a granite rock face located above Ella Lake, some 25 miles northeast of Ketchikan, and ended in a dense wooded area. All nine occupants were killed.