Date: August 16, 2007
Time: 23:16
Location: Near Ketchikan, Alaska
Operator: SeaWind Aviation
Flight #: ?
Route: Sightseeing
AC Type: de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver
Registration: N345KA
cn / ln: 1306
Aboard: 10   (passengers:9  crew:1)
Fatalities: 6   (passengers:6  crew:0)
Ground: 0
Summary: The float plane crashed on land into a tree, 200 feet from shore, while attempting to land. High winds were in the area at the time of the accident. The pilot's poor decision-making and inadequate planning. To avoid the rising waves, the pilot decided to take off toward the sheltered interior of the bay, toward the rising terrain, in a direction he had never attempted before. As the pilot attempted to turn the aircraft around, the airplane hit a downdraft, which held it from climbing above the closing landscape and caused the plane to stall about 60 feet over the ground.

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