Taquan Air Flight 20

Taquan Air Flight 20 is a regularly scheduled commuter flight operated by Taquan Air from Ketchikan Harbor Seaplane Base to Metlakatla Seaplane Base. On 20 May 2019, the de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver floatplane operating the flight overturned in the harbor in Metlakatla, Alaska, United States during a water landing, destroying the aircraft and killing both persons aboard. The cause of the crash is under investigation.[1][2]

Taquan Air Flight 20
De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver N72355 Kenmore 2
De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver floatplane similar to the accident aircraft
Date20 May 2019
SummaryFloatplane landing accident, cause undetermined
SiteMetlakatla, Alaska, United States
Aircraft typede Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver
OperatorTaquan Air
ICAO flight No.TQN20
Call signTAQUAN 20
Flight originKetchikan Harbor Seaplane Base
DestinationMetlakatla Seaplane Base


The accident aircraft was a de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver floatplane, FAA aircraft registration number N67667, serial number 1309, registered to Blue Aircraft, LLC and operated by Venture Travel, LLC, dba Taquan Air, Ketchikan, Alaska. The aircraft carried mail and freight bound for Metlakatla in addition to passengers.[1][2]


At about 3:56 PM local time, the aircraft initiated a landing in the Metlakatla harbor in a westerly direction. Two witnesses reported that as the aircraft descended, it rocked to the left, and then to the right. As it touched down, one witness reported that the right float "dug in" to the water, and another reported that the right wing struck the water. The aircraft nosed over and came to rest inverted with the passenger cabin submerged.[2] Volunteers from the Metlakatla Volunteer Fire Department and the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad responded in rescue boats, and the crash was reported to the U.S. Coast Guard was at 4:10 PM.[3] First responders were able to hoist the aircraft partially out of the water by the empennage and extract the occupants, airplane seats, mail and packages. The crash tore away the right wing and wing strut; these components, along with the removed passenger seat, remained missing when the preliminary accident report was issued.[2] Local volunteers subsequently towed the stricken aircraft to shore.[3] The weather at the time of the crash was reportedly clear, with light winds and light chop,[4][3] and winds from the southeast at 13-15 mph (21–24 km/h).[2]

Passengers and crew

The aircraft carried a single pilot and a single passenger, both of whom perished in the crash. The victims were identified the following day. The passenger was an epidemiologist who was commuting to an Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium clinic in Metlakatla.[4][3] The pilot was a seasonal hire and held a commercial pilot certificate with single-engine land, single-engine sea, and an instrument ratings. He had 1,606 hours of total flight time with 5 hours in float-equipped airplanes.[2]


The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) immediately began an investigation of the accident.[4][3] The NTSB also initiated a separate overall investigation of Taquan Air; the airline declined to comment.[5]


The accident occurred one week after the 2019 George Inlet, Alaska mid-air collision, another multiple-fatality air crash involving a Taquan flight, and the airline suspended all flights the following day.[4][3] Amid increased oversight by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Taquan resumed limited cargo service on 23 May,[6] scheduled passenger flights on 31 May, and on-demand sightseeing tours on 3 June.[7]


  1. ^ a b "ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 225306". aviation-safety.net. Aviation Safety Network. 22 May 2019. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Aviation Accident Preliminary Report ANC19FA019 (Report). National Transportation Safety Board. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Hohenstatt, Ben (21 May 2019). "UPDATE: Passenger, pilot in fatal crash near Metlakatla are ID'd". Juneau Empire. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d Stack, Liam (21 May 2019). "Airline Involved in 2 Deadly Alaska Crashes Suspends Operations, Officials Say". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Two dead in Taquan Air crash in Metlakatla Harbor, borough says". ktuu.com. KTUU. 20 May 2019. Retrieved 24 May 2019. Johnson said two investigations were launched: One into the fatal crash itself, and another into Taquan Air. The investigations launched Monday, he said, will remain - on the NTSB's end - completely separate from any investigations into the fatal Ketchikan-area crash that happened a week ago.
  6. ^ DeMarban, Alex (29 May 2019). "After 2 recent fatal crashes, Taquan Air is expected to resume passenger service Wednesday". Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  7. ^ Tobin, Rebecca (7 June 2019). "Taquan Air resumes operations". travelweekly.com/. Travel Weekly. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
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