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 Piston - R1340


 Juneau, Alaska




 Wings Airline Services Inc


 8421 Livingston Way, Juneau, Alaska 99801-8098

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NTSB Accident Report

 See also N338AK (262) - same address.

NTSB Identification: ANC02LA115. The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number DMS.
Scheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Wednesday, September 04, 2002 in TENAKEE SPRINGS, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 4/18/03
Aircraft: de Havilland DHC-3, registration: N335AK
Injuries: 7 Uninjured.

The commercial certificated pilot was taxiing an amphibious float-equipped airplane to a seaplane dock after landing on a scheduled air taxi flight. The pilot shut-off the engine as the airplane approached the dock. A tidal current carried the airplane beyond the intended docking area, and the airplane drifted backward into a wooden piling. The operator reported that the left aileron was removed for repair. A 37-inch portion of the aileron trailing edge was replaced.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:

The pilot's misjudgement of the airplane's speed/distance from a dock resulting in the airplane drifting into a wooden piling during a taxi from landing. A factor in the accident was the presence of a tidal current.