NTSB Identification: ANC93LA055.
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Accident occurred Thursday, April 29, 1993 in DELTA JUNCTION, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/04/1994
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18, registration: N2578P
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Serious.

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THE REAR SEAT PAX, A COMMERCIALLY-RATED PILOT, STATED THAT WHILE FLYING AT A LOW ALTITUDE UP INTO A CANYON, HE TOLD THE FRONT SEAT PILOT TO TURN RIGHT & EXIT THE CANYON. THE PILOT ACKNOWLEDGED; THEN THE WINGS ROCKED, FOLLOWED BY AN ABRUPT & STEEP LEFT TURN, THEN IMPACT. THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED AT THE 4,500-FT LEVEL OF A MOUNTAINSIDE, ABOUT 200 FT BELOW THE TOP. THE SLOPE WAS APRX 25-30 DEG. THE PAX ALSO STATED THAT JUST BEFORE THE WINGS ROCKED, THE PILOT WAS UP AGAINST THE LEFT FORWARD SIDE OF THE COCKPIT, AND SAID '...I CAN'T HELP IT, I CAN'T HELP IT.'

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

A LOSS OF CONTROL FOR UNDETERMINED REASONS.

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