NTSB Identification: ANC97LA118.
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Accident occurred Friday, August 08, 1997 in CIRCLE, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/10/1998
Aircraft: Piper PA-18, registration: N339T
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 tundra tire equipped airplane touched down at the beginning of the 1,100-foot-long by 50-feet-wide grass strip. The right wing contacted willow brush, and the airplane ground looped. The pilot said he was trying to land at the beginning of the landing area, and did not see the brush. He also noted that he was fatigued.

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

The inadequate visual lookout by the pilot, and his selection of a landing area with high vegetation in the landing path. Factors which contributed to the accident were fatigue and the high vegatation.

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