Date: August 27, 2004
Time: 1630
Location: Near Mc Grath, Alaska
Operator: Mavrik Aire Transport
Flight #: ?
Route: Kenai - McGrath - Kotzebue
AC Type: de Havilland DHC-3 Otter
Registration: N197TT
cn / ln: 197
Aboard: 3   (passengers:2  crew:1)
Fatalities: 1   (passengers:1  crew:0)
Ground: 0
Summary: Thirty minutes after departure from McGrath, the pilot encountered low visibility due to smoke and fog. After deciding to fly at a lower altitude, the aircraft struck trees and crashed into a forest. Rescue teams found the bodies and the survivors 2 days later. The pilot's inadequate in-flight planning/decision making, his continued VFR flight into instrument meteorological conditions, and his failure to maintain obstacle clearance. Factors contributing to the accident were low ceilings due to smoke, rain, and mist.

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