NTSB Identification: ANC89LA073.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38590.
Accident occurred Thursday, May 18, 1989 in HARDING LAKE, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/28/1991
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18, registration: N7761D
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 ATTEMPTING TO TAKE OFF FROM A SMALL LAKE IN HIS FLOAT EQUIPPED AIRPLANE. HE WAS UNABLE TO GAIN SUFFICIENT ALTITUDE TO CLEAR THE OPPOSITE BANK, AND STRUCK THE TERRAIN WITH THE RIGHT MAIN FLOAT. THE AIRPLANE CONTINUED ONTO THE SHORE AND DAMAGED THE LEFT WING. THE PILOT BELIEVES THAT THE PRESENCE OF VARIABLE GUSTY WIND CONDITIONS ADDED TO THE TAKE OFF DISTANCE REQUIRED, AND THAT HE DID NOT ADEQUATELY COMPENSATE FOR THE WIND CONDITIONS.

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

THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO ADEQUATELY COMPENSATE FOR THE EXISTING WIND CONDITIONS. A FACTOR RELATED TO THE ACCIDENT WAS: THE GUSTY/VARIABLE WIND CONDITION.

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