Palmer, AK Civil Air Patrol Observor Dies in Crash of CAP De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver, Jun 1976


On June 8, 1976 a few minutes after takeoff from Palmer, the pilot elected to gain height when the single engine airplane struck a mountain ridge and crashed. A passenger was killed while both other occupants were injured. The aircraft was destroyed.
Probable cause: Controlled flight into terrain after the aircraft was unable to outclimb mountain ridge. The following contributing factors were reported:
- Exercised poor judgment,
- Misjudged distance, speed and altitude,
- Misused or failed to use flaps,
- High obstructions.

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