NTSB Identification: ANC96LA165.
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Accident occurred Saturday, September 28, 1996 in NOME, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/31/1998
Aircraft: Cessna 185, registration: N222WH
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 in a remote area to pick up two hunting partners in a tail-wheel equipped airplane. He reported that during the landing, the airplane drifted to the right and ground looped. Also, he noted that the right tire suddenly deflated from overload or was cut and punctured by rocks at touchdown. Subsequently, the right landing gear strut collapsed, and the right wing struck rocks along the right side of the landing area. The pilot indicated that the main landing gear tires were 8.50 X 6. No mechanical malfunction was reported.

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

failure of the pilot to maintain proper alignment of the selected landing area. Subsequent encounter with rocks was a related factor.

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