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De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver Crash at Lake Hood, Alaska

YouTube Video Description:

This is a video of the deHavilland Beaver plane crash at Lake Hood in Anchorage AK, on June 7, 2009. My father and I were videotaping planes at Lake Hood taking off and landing when the wind kicked up and sent the Beaver taking off right at us.

The wing was less than 5 feet over our heads, and the radial engine was less than 8 feet to my left. No exaggeration!! The Slow motion at the end gives a little better look at how close it was. Everyone onboard was in pristine condition, 2 adults, 2 children and 2 dogs

NTSB Accident Report:

NTSB Identification: ANC09CA050
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, June 07, 2009 in Anchorage, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/10/2009
Aircraft: DE HAVILLAND DHC-2, registration: N915RC
Injuries: 4 Uninjured

The private pilot was taking off in the float plane from the lake's west waterway. The airplane was on step, gaining airspeed, and the takeoff run seemed normal to the pilot. The airplane was nearing takeoff speed, and proceeding directly down the waterway, when it encountered a right quartering tailwind gust that lifted up the right wing and float. The airplane veered to the left toward a steep bank, and the pilot was unable to correct the deviation with the rudder. He did not feel that he could reduce power as he would slam into the bank. The airplane lifted off, but the float collided with the top of the bank. The airplane cartwheeled about 160 degrees to the left before coming to rest on its right side. It sustained substantial damage to the wings, fuselage, and floats. The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures. Reported wind at the airport approximately 3 minutes after the accident was from 020 degrees magnetic at 3 knots, with no recorded gusts.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows: The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during takeoff.

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