NTSB Identification: ANC97LA117.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, August 05, 1997 in FAREWELL, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/10/1998
Aircraft: Piper PA-18, registration: N1606A
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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The pilot was maneuvering the airplane at low altitude in gusty wind conditions. He reported that during a turn, a wind gust rolled the airplane to a 75-degree bank angle, the airplane descended, and the right wing struck a tree.

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

the pilot's failure to maintain adequate control of the airplane resulting in an inadvertent stall/mush at low altitude. Factors to the accident were the pilot's low altitude flight maneuver and the gusty winds.

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