Aircraft: Cessna 206. Injuries: None. Location: Buckland, Alaska. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land on a remote gravel bar adjacent to a river in gusty and variable winds.
A 10-knot headwind prevailed until just before touchdown, when the airplane descend below the anticipated approach path.
The pilot initiated a go-around, but the right wing abruptly dropped, and struck the water, which pivoted the airplane 90° to the right. The right wing sustained substantial damage.
Probable cause: The pilot’s loss of airplane control during final approach in gusty wind conditions.
NTSB Identification: ANC13CA002
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