Civil Air Patrol Observor Dies in Plane Crash

Civil Air Patrol de Havilland DHC Beaver, N5141GCivil Air Patrol de Havilland DHC Beaver, N5141G

By AuxBeacon News Contributor

[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.

Probable Cause:
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.

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