NTSB Identification: NYC00LA013.
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Accident occurred Friday, October 08, 1999 in HOFFMEISTER, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/21/2000
Aircraft: Piper PA-18-135, registration: N9964Q
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 pilot was trapping otters for a relocation program, and needed to check the traps daily. On the day of the accident he departed a public lake near Forestport, New York, and flew to a series of remote locations. The accident occurred at the last one. The approach and landing to the accident location were normal, but while step-taxing, the airplane encountered a gust of wind, and the pilot 'lost control.' The airplane yawed right towards the wind, and the left wingtip impacted the water. At the completion of the accident sequence, the airplane was upright, and on shore. The pilot exited the airplane uninjured, and then hiked 20 miles back to civilization. The pilot had landed at the accident location 25 to 30 time. A review of topographical maps for the area indicated the body of water was approximately 1,000 feet long and 60 feet wide. Winds were southwest at 10 mph gusting to 20 mph.

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

The pilot failure to maintain directional control while step-taxiing. A factor in the accident was gusty winds.

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