Accident Helio H-295 N920AS, 14 Aug 2002
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 296776
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Time:15:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic COUR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Helio H-295
Owner/operator:Alaska Sportsman Lodge LLC.
Registration: N920AS
MSN: 1279
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:IGIUGIG, Alaska -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:IGIUGIG, AK
Destination airport:IGIUGIG, AK
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The airline transport certificated pilot was departing toward the west from a remote lake in a float-equipped airplane. The pilot said the wind conditions at the time of his takeoff were from the west at eight to ten knots. During the takeoff run, the airplane came up on-step, but the pilot said he felt a wind change from a headwind, to a right quartering tailwind of about eight knots. He reported that he had already passed a point where he could safely abort the takeoff, and he saw the airplane approaching the end of the lake. He said he rotated into a climb attitude and the airplane lifted off the water, but the bottom of the float assembly struck the edge of the lake bank. The pilot pulled the engine power to idle, and the airplane slid to a stop on the tundra.

Probable Cause: The pilot's inadequate evaluation of the wind/weather conditions resulting in a collision with an embankment during the takeoff run. A factor contributing to the accident was a sudden wind shift to a tailwind.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 8 months
Download report: Final report

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