NTSB Identification: ANC88LA102.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36348.
Accident occurred Sunday, July 31, 1988 in VALDEZ, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/09/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18, registration: N8580D
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 PRIVATE PILOT WAS ATTEMPTING TO LAND AT A REMOTE BEACH SITE TO JOIN A PILOT FRIEND WHO HAD LANDED THERE EARLIER IN HIS OWN AIRPLANE. THE PILOT ON THE BEACH HAD PLACED A SLEEPING BAG AND OTHER ITEMS IN A HOLE ON THE BEACH TO MARK IT AS A LANDING HAZARD. THE PILOT OF THE ACCIDENT AIRPLANE BELIEVED IT TO BE A MARKER SHOWING THE BEST PLACE TO LAND. HE LANDED DIRECTLY ON THE MARKER, HIT THE HOLE, AND SUBSEQUENTLY NOSED-OVER.

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

PROPER TOUCHDOWN POINT..NOT SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

UNSUITABLE TERRAIN OR TAKEOFF/LANDING/TAXI AREA..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN


Contributing Factors

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

VISUAL/AURAL PERCEPTION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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