Cherokee Six down in Alaska

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  1. Kenny Phillips

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    There are a few operators that fly 135 service in them.
     
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    Yeah, come to think of it, there was a place at Cincinnati Lunken Field that did 'mile-high' flights (no joke) in one of them.
     
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    No, this is flying a circuit of native villages with gravel runways. Not quite as exciting.
     
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    I gathered that looking at a map; in my view, that is much more exciting, at least for the pilot. I was looking at their FB page, where they give updates on the weather and flight cancellation; some iffy stuff yesterday. I assume they fly VFR if possible, so we'll see what's up with this crash.
     
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    Sad to see this. I flew for Yute Air back in '98 for 9 months with the original owner.

    He still owes me 3000 bucks.
     
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    I had to go to another web site to avoid the Adwall...

    That area within 200NM of Bethel was my area of operations when I worked there in the early '80s. Due to the sometimes rough and sporty weather and surface conditions, I have lots of firsthand experience with just how hard it can be to fly safely there...

    Finding a downed aircraft South of Tuntutuliak, or anywhere between Bethel and Kipnuk can be a real challenge, since there is really nothing there other than tundra and water...

    I saw plane crashes just about every week and always tried to keep in the back of my mind the consequences of landing "out there." I did spend a few nights sleeping in the tailcone of a C-185 after calling it quits!

    The Cherokee Six is a great airplane for hauling heavy loads in austere conditions and I flew them when I was in Southeast Alaska. They are no better or worse than High wing airplanes when you have to stuff one into the bush-covered tundra.

    RIP to those on board and I hope something is learned of this tragedy to help avoid another occurrence!
     
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    Wow, that brings back memories. Was there a few seasons hauling geologists and miners. Worked from Crooked Creek on the Kuskokwim to Dillingham, and Bethel to to the Shotgun Hills. I think it was 04 when they had some bad fires there. Couldn't see 1/2 mile. Good times.

    Condolences to all.
     
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    There are quite a few around Southwest Alaska. A couple of operators on Kodiak, and at least one out of Naknek that I know of. I flew out of Kodiak the summer before last and we had a couple of Saratoga's in addition to the Beaver fleet. Island Air had 4 or 5 Six's that they used as well. These are all flown part 135 day VFR and work great getting in and out of gravel strips and beaches with heavy loads. Real workhorses.

    It was quite the experience doing that kind of flying. LOL.