A pilot and five passengers walked away from a Cessna 206 plane crash on a bear viewing trip in the Katmai National Park area. No one was injured in the crash and all were taken back to Homer by another flight service.
According to National Transportation Safety Board investigator Clint Johnson, the crash happened about 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, when the K-Bay Air plane was taking off from a beach in the area of Kamishak Bay, about 100 miles southwest of Homer on the west side of lower Cook Inlet. The Cessna was operating on wheels and the plane wound up in the surf, Johnson said.
The incident is under investigation and Johnson did not know much more regarding the circumstances of the crash.
K-Bay Air owners Michael and Dee Hughes confirmed that one of their aircraft had an incident on take off.
“(The) pilot and passengers received no injuries, were happy with their trip and had no complaints,” they said in an e-mail.
K-Bay Air is one of several bear viewing air charter companies flying out of Homer.
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