NTSB Identification: ANC88LA133.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36995.
Accident occurred Sunday, September 11, 1988 in FAIRBANKS, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/08/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-12, registration: N3148M
Injuries: 2 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 STATED THAT HE WAS ATTEMPTING TO LAND ON A GRAVEL BAR WHEN THE AIRPLANE ENCOUNTERED A SOFT SPOT AND NOSED OVER. HE SAID THAT A CONTRIBUTING FACTOR IN THE ACCIDENT WAS THAT HE HAD APPLIED HIS BRAKES TOO STRONGLY EARLY IN THE LANDING ROLL, AND HAD LOCKED THE BRAKES PRIOR TO ENCOUNTERING THE SOFT SPOT, ACCENTUATING THE TENDENCY FOR THE AIRPLANE TO NOSE OVER.

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

BRAKES(NORMAL)..IMPROPER USE OF..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..SOFT

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