Date & Time: Aug 25, 2012 at 0800 LT
Type of aircraft:
De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver
Landing (descent or approach)
Charter (Non Scheduled Revenue Flight)
Soldotna - Big River Lake
United States of America
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Captain / Total hours on type:
The pilot of a float-equipped airplane was landing at a remote lake. The pilot stated that he was on a left base leg turning onto a short final approach when the left float struck the ground. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the wings and fuselage. The pilot indicated there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or anomalies that would have precluded normal operation. Accident occurred in Big River Lake, in the Kenai region.
The pilot’s failure to maintain adequate ground clearance during his landing approach, which resulted in a collision with terrain.