Date & Time: May 30, 2015
Operator:
Registration:
N1653U
Flight Phase:
Flight
Flight Type:
Test
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Bethel - Bethel
MSN:
207-0253
YOM:
1974
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
1
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The pilot left Bethel Airport at 0830LT on a three hours post maintenance test flight (the engine has been changed). At 1230LT, as the aircraft did not return to its base, the company informed the authorities and SAR operations were conducted. Some debris were found in the Kwethluk River, about 40 miles southeast of Bethel, in the morning of the following day. Unfortunately, no trace of the pilot was found.