The pilot of the float-equipped Taylorcraft reported that, during a flight at dusk with high, gray overcast clouds, he circled over a lake near Goose Bay, Alaska, and began the approach to land.
He added that his depth perception was off, so he misjudged the approach, and the plane hit a tree.
The plane sustained substantial damage to both wings.
The pilot reported there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
An automated weather observation station about six miles northwest of the accident site reported that, about 23 minutes after the accident, the wind was calm, scattered clouds at 4,100 feet, and overcast clouds at 6,000 feet.
Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain a proper approach path during landing in dusky, flat light conditions, which resulted in a tree strike.
NTSB Identification: GAA18CA375
This June 2018 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.