NTSB Identification: ANC99WA010.
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Accident occurred Thursday, October 22, 1998 in WATSON LAKE, Canada
Aircraft: Piper J3C-65, registration: N2033M
Injuries: 1 Minor,1 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On October 22, 1998, about 1200 Pacific daylight time (PDT), a wheel equipped Piper J3C-65 airplane, N2033M, sustained substantial damage during a collision with terrain, about 90 miles southeast of Watson Lake, British Columbia, Canada. The airplane was being operated as a visual flight rules (VFR) cross-country personal flight to MacKenzie, British Columbia, Canada, when the accident occurred. The airplane was registered to the passenger, and operated by the pilot. The certificated private pilot was not injured. The sole passenger received minor injuries. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed in the area of the accident. A VFR flight plan was filed. The flight originated at the Watson Lake Airport about 1030 PDT.

The pilot reported the accident to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada. He also reported the accident to the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on October 27, 1998. The pilot reported the weather conditions in the area had deteriorated, and he was flying about 50 feet above the ground. He decided to turn around and return to Watson Lake, B.C. During the turn, the pilot said the airplane stalled, and descended to the ground.

The investigation of the accident is under the jurisdiction of the government of Canada. Any further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Transportation Safety Board of Canada #4-3071 Number Five Road Richmond, British Columbia Canada, V6X 2T4 Telephone: (604) 666-0877

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