NTSB Identification: ANC92LA134.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 47976.
Accident occurred Friday, August 14, 1992 in TALKEETNA, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/26/1993
Aircraft: PIPER PA-12, registration: N3042M
Injuries: 2 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 UNLICENSED PILOT REFUSED TO GIVE ANY INFORMATION CONCERNING THE ACCIDENT. THE PASSENGER STATED THAT THEY ENCOUNTERED A DOWNDRAFT WHILE ON FINAL APPROACH, CAUSING THE AIRPLANE TO CRASH JUST SHORT OF THE REMOTE STRIP. THE PILOT HAD PREVIOUSLY HELD A COMMERCIAL PILOT CERTIFICATE, WHICH WAS REVOKED IN 1991. HIS AIRMAN MEDICAL CERTIFICATE HAD BEEN DENIED IN 1989.

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

THE PILOT'S IMPROPER IN FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION, AND HIS PREMATURE TOUCH DOWN. CONTRIBUTING TO THE ACCIDENT WERE THE DOWNDRAFT AND THE UNSUITABLE TERRAIN.

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