Not sure which forum to put this in, so I just decided to throw it in this one. We had a crazy encounter this last weekend while backpacking at Lost Lake on the Kenai Penninsula. It was Friday evening, the light was beggining to fail and it was a beautiful, clear sky at the time. A fellow forum member and I were hanging out by the lake near the tent just watching a float plane go by, when all of a sudden he took what appeared to be a violent turn toward us.
At first, we had thought that he was turning to land in the lake, but that was not the case. He kept coming, increased speed, in what I considered at the time to be a kamikaze-style attack. Just when we thought that he was about to crash into us and we started to scatter, he made the attempt to pull up and to the side and just barely, and I mean just barely was able to crest over the top of the surrounding hills to our back and our side to recover and gain elevation. He then continued along his previous course and left the area, toward the direction of Seward. He got as close as about 20 feet from us, without question.
Just to give some further details, we were not able to see his tail numbers, we did absolutely nothing to provoke such behavior other than watch him fly by. It smelled as though he was burning oil or something and it was the only aircraft in the area that left an odor as it passed by. I do not know what kind of plane it was other than I know it was not a Super Cub. It had floats and appeared to be blue with white trim, but I could be mistaken as it was hard to tell at the spur of the moment and we saw many planes over the weekend.
I did not report it to the authorities as I didn't think it was worth it as I had almost no information to go on, particularly the tail numbers. Nobody was hurt, although we easily could have been and he seriously almost won a Darwin Award himself, for his ridiculous stunt.
Anyway, thought I would share, I have never even heard of anything like this happening much less seen anything like that. Anybody else have this happen to them?