NTSB Identification: ANC96LA005.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, October 17, 1995 in RED DEVIL, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/09/1996
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18, registration: N6550Z
Injuries: 1 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The certificated private pilot was flying in support of checking his trap lines and was in cruise flight about 800 feet above the ground. The engine suddenly quit, and the pilot selected a gravel bar on a river for an emergency landing area. He overshot the intended landing spot, and the airplane collided with water. The airplane was recovered from the river and disassembled for repair by the pilot. He did not report finding a cause for the loss of power.

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

Loss of engine power for an undetermined reason. The lack of suitable terrain for a forced landing was a related factor.

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