Date & Time: Jul 31, 2006 at 1130 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N93356
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Juneau - Berners Bay
MSN:
144
YOM:
1955
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
0
Pax on board:
6
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
7200
Captain / Total hours on type:
100
Aircraft flight hours:
20040
Circumstances:
The commercial pilot was transporting passengers in a float-equipped airplane under Title 14, CFR Part 135, when it collided with the surface of the water during landing. The pilot reported that he was in a descending right turn in preparation for landing, and was looking for shoreline dock as a landing reference. Prior to seeing the dock, the airplane struck the water. The left rear seat passenger said he wasn't aware the airplane was landing, and thought they were still making the approach when the airplane impacted the water. A witness who watched the accident from the ground, said there was fog and low clouds in the area, and that surface visibility was about 1 mile. The witness said as the airplane descended, he thought, " If he doesn't pull up, he's going to hit the water." The witness said the right float and wing hit the water in a right turn, and that he never heard the airplane reduce power, or saw the airplane level off before impact. The pilot did not report any mechanical anomalies with the airplane prior to the accident, and said in his written statement to the NTSB that glassy water, and flat light conditions made it difficult to discern the surface of the water. The airplane received structural damage to the wings and fuselage.
Probable cause:
The pilot's failure to maintain altitude/clearance during approach, which resulted in the airplane impacting the surface of the water. Factors associated with the accident were the flatlight and glassy water conditions, which affected the pilot's ability to see the surface of the water.
Final Report:
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