NTSB Identification: ANC98LA001.
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Accident occurred Friday, October 03, 1997 in STERLING, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/28/1999
Aircraft: Piper PA-22-160, registration: N8955D
Injuries: 1 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 pilot maintained a residence on a small island in a remote lake where he kept a float equipped airplane. Neighbors observed the pilot repairing a hole in one of the airplane's floats. The neighbors heard an airplane engine start up about 1500. The airplane was not observed. About 1720, an airplane over-flying the lake, observed the accident airplane partially submerged. It was floating upside down, about 1/2 mile from the pilot's residence. Search personnel were dispatched to the airplane and upon arrival, joined several of the pilot's neighbors at the partially submerged airplane. Rescue divers were unable to determine if the airplane was occupied before it sank in 139 feet of water. The pilot is missing and presumed to be fatally injured.

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


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