NTSB Identification: SEA95LA148.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, July 11, 1995 in MCCALL, ID
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/27/1996
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18-150, registration: N82555
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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THE PILOT STATED THAT JUST PRIOR TO TOUCHDOWN ON THE GRAVEL AIRSTRIP LOCATED IN MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN, THE AIRPLANE'S GROUND SPEED ACCELERATED (TAILWIND). THE PILOT OPTED TO GO-AROUND AND STATED THAT DURING THE CLIMB OUT, THE AIRPLANE ENCOUNTERED DOWN DRAFTS. THE AIRPLANE WAS UNABLE TO OUT-CLIMB THE TERRAIN AND THE PILOT MANEUVERED THE AIRPLANE FOR A FORCED LANDING INTO A RIVER. THE PILOT REPORTED THAT THERE WERE NO MECHANICAL FAILURES OR MALFUNCTIONS WITH THE AIRPLANE AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT. PRIOR TO LANDING, THE PILOT WAS INFORMED BY ANOTHER PILOT ON THE GROUND OF TURBULENT CONDITIONS ON FINAL APPROACH.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

IMPROPER PLANNING/DECISION BY THE PILOT, WHICH RESULTED IN HIS FAILURE (OR INABILITY) TO REMAIN CLEAR OF TERRAIN AFTER INITIATING A GO-AROUND. FACTORS RELATING TO THE ACCIDENT WERE: THE UNFAVORABLE TERRAIN AND WIND CONDITIONS (INCLUDING DOWNDRAFTS).

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