[Editor’s Note: We received an anonymous tip regarding this crash. Thank you for your contribution. This CAP plane crash in Alaska was attributed to pilot error.]
On June 8, 1976 a few minutes after takeoff from Palmer, the CAP pilot elected to gain height when the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver [N5141G] struck a mountain ridge and crashed. A passenger was killed while both other occupants were injured. The aircraft was destroyed.
Controlled flight into terrain after the aircraft was unable to out climb mountain ridge.
The following contributing factors were reported:
– Exercised poor judgment,
– Misjudged distance, speed and altitude,
– Misused or failed to use flaps,
– High obstructions.