NTSB Identification: ANC98LA161.
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Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Saturday, September 26, 1998 in SLEETMUTE, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/30/2000
Aircraft: Piper PA-18, registration: N5697Y
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 departing a ridgetop site with a right crosswind gusting to 25 knots. The pilot told the NTSB investigator-in-charge that a gust of wind forced the airplane off the left side of the ridge, and the left wing struck the ground.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain directional control. Contributing factors were the gusty crosswind conditions.

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