Pilot, passengers in Homer plane crash identified

Posted: Friday, March 26, 2010

On Tuesday at 2:25 p.m., troopers responded to a reported aircraft accident at the Homer Airport. Investigation revealed that the pilot, Zachariah Tappan, 37,of Homer, was operating a 1967 Cessna 206, owned by Homer Air. Tappan was flying a regularly scheduled flight to Nanwalek with two passengers, Tatianna Active, 42, of Nanwalek, and Natalie Kvasnikoff, 66, of Nanwalek.

Upon takeoff to the east, Tappan reported he was able to reach 350 feet elevation, when the single engine began running rough. Tappan made a northbound turn and began an approach back to the east end of the runway. Tappan was unable to reach the runway, due to a strong tail wind, and landed on the wheels in the snow 100 yards away from the east end. When the plane struck the ground, the front wheel strut collapsed, forcing the plane onto the prop.

The plane then flipped end over end and twisted, coming to rest on the roof. Active and Kvasnikoff suffered minor injuries and were taken to the South Peninsula Hospital Emergency Room by Homer Volunteer Fire Department. Tappan did not suffer any injuries.

The National Transportation Safety Board was notified.

-- Staff report

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