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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 267716
Last updated: 29 November 2021
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Time:08:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic C185 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna A185F Skywagon
Registration: C-GNTC
MSN: 18502918
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Beattie Lake, BC -   Canada
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Fort St. John / Charlie Lake (CEY7), BC
Destination airport:Beattie Lake, BC
Investigating agency: TSB Canada
A privately registered Cessna 185F on floats, was on a recreational flight from Fort St. John / Charlie Lake (CEY7), BC, to Beattie Lake, BC, with the pilot and one passenger on board.
The landing area is at an elevation of 4242 feet above sea level and located in a mountainous valley. While on final approach, along the north shore of the lake, a crosswind gust caused the aircraft to veer to the right. One float contacted the water, the aircraft came to an abrupt stop and nosed over. The pilot and passenger were both wearing shoulder harnessed seat restraints and life vests. After egress, they collected the survival kit, sleeping bags, and tool kit and stayed with the airplane. When the airplane stopped drifting, the pilot and passenger swam 15 feet to the
lakeshore and sheltered in a nearby cabin. The 406 MHz emergency locator transmitter was submerged as the aircraft inverted in the water and no signal was relayed to the Joint Rescue Coordination Center. The pilot had a satellite phone but it was in the overturned airplane's cabin and unrecoverable. Unsuccessful attempts were made to establish cellular communications.
When the pilot failed to report in after landing, the responsible person arranged for a private helicopter to fly over the area. The pilot and passenger were found, picked up the following morning, and returned to Fort St. John.



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14-Sep-2021 17:51 harro Added

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