NTSB Identification: ANC99LA150.
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Accident occurred Saturday, September 04, 1999 in NORTHWAY, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/17/2001
Aircraft: Cessna 182, registration: N3092Y
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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 solo private pilot told the NTSB investigator-in-charge that the airplane was in the landing flare when he noticed the touchdown area was washed out. He stated that he did not increase power to land farther down the 2,500 feet long by 60 feet wide gravel airstrip, but offset the airplane to the right, attempting to avoid the ruts. The airplane's right wing contacted alders growing on the edge of the airstrip, which turned the airplane about 45 degrees to the right. The airplane departed the right side of the airstrip, and the right wing sustained damage to the leading edge, leading edge ribs, and wingtip. The pilot added that the winds were calm.

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

The improper maneuver to avoid obstructions by the pilot. Factors associated with this accident were the ruts in the approach end of the airstrip, and tall brush alongside the airstrip.

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