Date: September 05, 1988
Time: 13:45
Location: Sitka, Alaska
Operator: Wrangell Air Service
Flight #: ?
Route: Sitka - Petersburg
AC Type: Britten-Norman BN-2A Islander
Registration: N111VA
cn / ln: 215
Aboard: 10   (passengers:9  crew:1)
Fatalities: 1   (passengers:1  crew:0)
Ground: 0
Summary: The pilot encountered low ceilings, rain and fog while attempting to fly through a narrow mountain pass and successfully reversed course. He then flew into a small canyon off the main pass that terminated in a small glacier-covered bowl surrounded by steep rock walls. When it became apparent during a turn to reverse course that there was insufficient space to complete the maneuver before collision with a rock wall, the pilot retarded the throttles and crash landed on a glacier. Improper in-flight planning. Blind box canyon. Weight and balance exceeded. Rain fog.

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