NTSB Identification: ANC97LA054.
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Accident occurred Friday, April 11, 1997 in MANOKOTAK, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/10/1998
Aircraft: Piper PA-18-150, registration: N8071D
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

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 airplane was flying in a remote area. A witness observed the airplane flying at a very low level near, or possibly below, the tops of a river bank. He said he saw the airplane climb rapidly, slow down, and begin a turn to the left. He lost sight of the airplane, but, within a few seconds, heard a loud noise and saw smoke in the vicinity where he had last seen the airplane. When he arrived at the accident site, the airplane was on fire. Postaccident inspection of the airplane disclosed no evidence of any preimpact mechanical anomalies.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain airspeed which resulted in an inadvertent stall of the airplane. A factor associated with the accident was the pilot's performance of a low altitude flight maneuver.

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