Date: November 08, 1997
Time: 08:08
Location: Near Barrow, Alaska
Operator: Hageland Aviation Services
Flight #: 500
Route: Barrow - Wainwright
AC Type: Cessna 208B Caravan I
Registration: N750GC
cn / ln: 208B-0504
Aboard: 8   (passengers:7  crew:1)
Fatalities: 8   (passengers:7  crew:1)
Ground: 0
Summary: A few minutes after takeoff a distress call was received from the aircraft after which it ditched into the sea 200 yards offshore. The pilot's disregard for lateral fuel loading limits, his improper removal of frost prior to takeoff, and the resulting inadvertent stall/spin. Factors involved in this accident were the improper asymmetrical fuel loading which reduced lateral aircraft control, the self-induced pressure to takeoff on time by the pilot, and inadequate surveillance of the company operations by company management.

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