Pilot says bright sun contributed to Lake Hood floatplane crash
The report says the pilot, the plane's sole occupant, sustained minor injuries, while his Cessna 180 sustained substantial damage.
The day of the crash was warm with few clouds and light winds, according to the closest weather reporting facility.
The pilot told NTSB investigators that “during the takeoff run to the west from Lake Spenard, once the airplane was on step, the sun was in his line of sight. He added that, the glare was too bright, and he was unable to distinguish the southerly water channel or see the island that separated the departure and taxi waterways.”
Just before 6:30 p.m. the airplane struck the side of an island located in the canal that separates Lake Hood to the west and Lake Spenard to the east. The plane nosed over and sustained substantial damage to the empennage, fuselage and both wings.
The pilot told investigators there were no mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane prior to the crash.
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