NTSB Identification: ANC96LA089.
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Accident occurred Sunday, June 16, 1996 in NIKISKI, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/18/1997
Aircraft: Piper PA-18, registration: N8796D
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 departing a remote landing area in a tundra tire equipped airplane. He had visited the area many times in the past. The takeoff area was about 800 feet long and contained some areas of about 3-feet high grass. The takeoff area also contained areas of soft terrain and water. During the takeoff run, the airplane became airborne momentarily and then settled back to the surface. The right main landing gear tire struck a stump and the left wing contacted the ground. The airplane then nosed down in the soft terrain.

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

The pilot's premature lift-off during the takeoff roll. The pilot's selection of unsuitable terrain for takeoff was a factor in the accident.

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