NTSB Identification: ANC97LA123.
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Accident occurred Thursday, August 14, 1997 in KAKTOVIK, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/10/1998
Aircraft: Champion 7ECA, registration: N5507H
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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During takeoff from a rough gravel bar, the tailwheel impacted a rock and separated from the airplane. The rudder sustained damage to the lower ribs.

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

The pilot's selection of an unsuitable takeoff area. A factor related to the accident was the rocky terrain.

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