Aircraft Incident/Accident Report

Aleknagik, Alaska 99555
Wednesday, April 12, 2000 15:45 AKD

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
The first pilot, a commercial certificated pilot and a flight instructor, and the second pilot, a private pilot, were ferrying the airplane cross-country to obtain an annual inspection. The airplane was owned and being flown by the second pilot who occupied the left seat. The second pilot's medical certificate was expired. The first pilot, occupying the right seat, said he was the pilot-in-command, but the second pilot was at the flight controls at the time of the crash. The flight proceeded toward a small range of mountains, but the tops of the ridges were obscured by clouds. The first pilot said overcast sky conditions varied between 1,400 to 1,600 feet above the ground, and he estimated the visibility below the overcast as 20 miles. As the flight approached the mountains, the pilot turned northward, but found no access across the mountains. He turned around and began to proceed to the departure airport. While in cruise flight at 500 feet above the ground, the first pilot said the horizon became indistinguishable from the snow-covered mountains, and the snow-covered ground. The first pilot said that neither he or the second pilot realized the airplane was slowly descending until it collided with the surface of a snow-covered lake.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
The first pilot's (pilot-in-command) inadequate evaluation of the weather, and failure to maintain an adequate altitude above the ground. Factors in the accident were low ceilings, and snow-covered terrain.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date4/12/2000 
Event Day of the WeekWednesday 
Time of Event1545 
Event Time Zone-- 
Event StateALASKA 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site99555  
Event Date Year2000 
Event Date Month
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude-- 
Event Location Longitude-- 
Event Location Airport  
Event Location Nearest Airport ID  
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOff Airport/Airstrip 
Distance from airport in statute miles-- 
Degrees magnetic from airport-- 
Airport Elevation-- 
Weather Briefing CompletenessUnknown 
Investigator's weather sourcePilot 
Time of the weather observation0  
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)
Weather Observation Facility ID  
Elevation of weather observation facility
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)
Time Zone of the weather observation  
Lighting ConditionsDay 
Lowest Ceiling Height1400 
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsUnknown 
Sky Condition for Lowest CeilingOvercast 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)
Visibility (Statute Miles) 20 
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)-- 
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)90 
Variable Wind IndicatorUnknown 
Wind Speed (knots)10 
Wind Velocity Indicator Unknown 
Wind Gust IndicatorNot Gusting 
Wind Gust (knots)
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) -- 
Density Altitude (feet)-- 
Intensity of PrecipitationUnknown 
METAR weather report -- 
Event Highest InjuryMinor 
On Ground, Fatal Injuries
On Ground, Minor Injuries
On Ground, Serious Injuries
Injury Total Fatal-- 
Injury Total Minor
Injury Total None-- 
Injury Total Serious-- 
Injury Total All
Investigating AgencyNTSB 
NTSB Docket Number (internal use)737 
NTSB Notification SourceFAA ROC  
NTSB Notification DateApr 12 2000 12:00AM 
NTSB Notification Time2132 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket informationIMAGE 
Date of most recent change to recordMay 11 2001 4:04AM 
User who most recently changed recorddbo  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District Office-- 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN6119W 
NTSB NumberANC00LA041  
Missing Aircraft Indicator
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 91: General Aviation 
Type of Flight Plan filedVFR 
Flight plan Was Activated?-- 
Aircraft FireNone 
Aircraft ExplosionNone 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full NamePiper  
Aircraft ModelPA-28  
Aircraft Series IdentifierPA-28  
Aircraft Serial Number28-20135  
Certified Max Gross Weight2150 
Aircraft CategoryAirplane 
Aircraft Registration ClassU.S. Registered/U.S. Soil 
Aircraft is a homebuilt?No 
Flight Crew Seats-- 
Cabin Crew Seats-- 
Passenger Seats-- 
Total number of seats on the aircraft
Number of Engines
Fixed gear or retractable gearFixed 
Aircraft, Type of Last InspectionAnnual 
Date of Last Inspection-- 
Airframe hours since last inspection-- 
Airframe Hours4200 
ELT InstalledYes 
ELT ActivatedYes 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteNo 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner NameVICTOR LADEIRA  
Aircraft Owner Street AddressP.O. BOX 947  
Aircraft Owner CityBETHEL  
Aircraft Owner StateAK 
Aircraft Owner Country  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode99559  
Operator is an individual?-- 
Operator NameMARK MCGEE  
Operator Same as Owner?No 
Operator Is Doing Business As-- 
Operator Address Same as Owner?No 
Operator Street AddressP.O. BOX 29  
Operator StateAK 
Operator Country  
Operator Zip code99657  
Operator Code  
Owner has at least one certificateNone 
Other Operator of large aircraft?No 
Certified for Part 133 or 137 OperationUnknown 
Operator Certificate Number-- 
Indicates whether an air carrier operation was scheduled or not-- 
Indicates Domestic or International Flight-- 
Operator carrying Pax/Cargo/Mail-- 
Type of Flying (Per_Bus / Primary)Ferry 
Second Pilot on BoardYes 
Departure Point Same as EventNo 
Departure Airport Code5NK  
Departure CityNAKNEK  
Departure StateAK 
Departure Country  
Departure Time1355 
Departure Time ZoneADT 
Destination Same as Local Flt-- 
Destination Airport CodePABE 
Destination CityBETHEL  
Destination StateAK 
Destination Country  
Specific Phase of Flight-- 
Report sent to ICAO?-- 
Evacuation occurred-- 
Date of most recent change to recordMay 11 2001 4:04AM 
User who most recently changed recorddbo  
Since inspection or accident-- 
Event Location Runway Number and Location0  
Runway Length-- 
Runway Width-- 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--