NTSB Identification: ANC96LA050.
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Accident occurred Sunday, April 14, 1996 in PALMER, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/19/1996
Aircraft: Piper PA-18, registration: N3908Z
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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 pilot was landing a wheel/ski equipped airplane toward the northeast at an airstrip located on his farm. The landing area was about 1,500 feet long, 50 feet wide, and consisted of dry sod. The pilot indicated that the airplane slowed rapidly when the skis contacted the landing surface. Subsequently, the airplane's tail rose, and the airplane nosed over.

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

improper planning/decision by the pilot, and his selection of unsuitable terrain on which to land a ski equipped airplane.

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