Aviation Accident Summaries

Aviation Accident Summary ANC21LA097

Kotzebue, AK, USA

Aircraft #1




The pilot reported that he was attempting to takeoff from a gravel bar along a river. The airplane got airborne and cleared a rock bluff; however, it settled back to the ground on the other side. The terrain was rough, and he was unable to get the airplane airborne again. The left landing gear collapsed, and the fuselage was damaged. The pilot stated there were no issues with the airplane before the accident, and the engine seemed to be making full power. The wind was gusty and variable.

Probable Cause and Findings

The pilot’s loss of control during takeoff due to a gusty, variable wind and the rough terrain.


Source: NTSB Aviation Accident Database

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