NTSB Identification: ANC88LA129.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36999.
Accident occurred Monday, September 05, 1988 in OSHETNA RIVER, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/08/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18, registration: N234E
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 REPORTED THAT HE WAS ATTEMPTING TO TAKEOFF FROM AN EXTREMELY NARROW AND SHORT STRETCH OF LAND SITUATED NEAR A RIVER. HE HAD USED THIS OFF-AIRPORT, UNIMPROVED SITE FOR SEVERAL YEARS WITHOUT DIFFICULTY UNTIL THE ACCIDENT FLIGHT. ON THIS OCCASION, THE AIRPLANE HIT A BUMP, BECAME PREMATURELY AIRBORNE AND BOUNCED HARD ON THE RIGHT MAIN GEAR. THE GEAR COLLAPSED, AND THE AIRPLANE RECEIVED DAMAGE TO THE LEFT WING. THE PILOT SAID THAT THE ACCIDENT MAY HAVE BEEN PREVENTED HAD HE ELECTED TO WAIT FOR A HEAD WIND PRIOR TO ATTEMPTING THE TAKEOFF.

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN



Contributing Factors

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

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