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Float plane down Alaska

Old 6th Aug 2021, 07:16
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Float plane down Alaska

Six lost, pilot and 5 from Nieuw Amsterdam cruise ship
https://edition.cnn.com/2021/08/05/u...kan/index.html
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Old 6th Aug 2021, 07:32
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Reportedly a (non-turbine) DHC-2 Beaver.
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Old 6th Aug 2021, 08:23
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https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/266418

N1249K, msn 1594.
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Old 6th Aug 2021, 10:33
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Seem to have been far too many accidents with pleasure aircraft over the years. Just recently involving float aircraft.
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Old 6th Aug 2021, 11:14
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Two features of Alaska are lots of water and lots of mountains, so aircraft operating sightseeing flights are often floatplanes.

Sadly, when you fly into a mountain in poor weather, as reportedly happened here, what type of landing gear you have becomes irrelevant.
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Old 6th Aug 2021, 13:03
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Wife and I were in Ketchikan on this ship 3 years ago. She asked me if I was going for a flight, and , despite having at one time a PPL for 10 years, I declined for the very reasons that DaveR gave. As one gets older, a little knowledge makes one think more carefully about risks!!.
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Old 6th Aug 2021, 15:09
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Sadly, when you fly into a mountain in poor weather, as reportedly happened here, what type of landing gear you have becomes irrelevant.
Is very true. Though add to that thinking, that when flying floats in a water environment, you have many more landing opportunities, either forced, or precautionary. There have been a couple of occasions while flying floats in "rough" terrain, and deteriorating weather, I have picked a body of water, and landed. When things cleared, I took off, and continued. I find it much more comforting to fly a seaplane over forest/rocky areas/water, than a land plane...
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