MaxAvSafety: Preliminary Rpt: Alaskan Float Plane Crash

MaxSez: FYI. This is the 1st preliminary to the initial Rpt.

Status: Preliminary
Date: Monday 13 May 2019
Time: 12:21
Type: Silhouette image of generic DH3T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-3T Vazar Turbine Otter
Operator: Taquan Air
Registration: N959PA
C/n / msn: 159
First flight: 1956
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-135A
Crew: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers: Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 10
Total: Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 11
Collision casualties: Fatalities: 5
Aircraft damage: Unknown
Location: 15 km (9.4 mls) NE of Ketchikan, AK (![|“16"x"11”](upload://8aVgAGiH8TPqpGFSAggAbq3U9XZ.gif United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature: Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport: Ketchikan-Waterfront SPB, AK (WFB), United States of America
Destination airport: Ketchikan-Waterfront SPB, AK (WFB), United States of America

Two floatplanes, a de Havilland Canada DHC-3T Vazar Turbine Otter (N959PA) and a de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver (N952DB) with eleven (DHC-3T) and five occupants (DHC-2) onboard, crashed following a midair collision over the George Inlet area, about 8 nm from Ketchikan, Alaska, USA. Both aircraft came to rest submerged. All five occupants of the DHC-2 and one passenger on the DHC-3T were killed.
Both aircraft were inbound to Ketchikan on a converging course with the DHC-2 level at 3300 feet. The DHC-3T was descending from 3800 feet to between 3200 and 3300 feet at the time of the collision.
Weather conditions in the area included high overcast skies with 9 mph southeast winds.
(Source: AvSafeNet (Public Domine)


We just had one more crash. I think the plane is very dangerous.

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The turbine otter is a safe aircraft, that’s like saying the 172 is an extremely dangerous aircraft


When will the report come out? Because I might take this aircraft in summer in AK.
Why did the planes collide?

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@StevenCRH. MaxSez: Both Planes Involved have excellent safety records. I’d fly in both no worries. The initial accident reports thus far speaks for itself. A final Rpt, by NTSB in n this case can take 6/12 months.

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