NTSB Identification: ANC89LA121.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38989.
Accident occurred Thursday, July 13, 1989 in PARKER LAKE, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/19/1990
Aircraft: PIPER J-3, registration: N27024
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 PLT RPRTD THAT DRG TAKEOFF FROM A LAKE, THE ACFT FLEW APRX 200 FT, THEN SETTLED IN A SWAMP. IN A STATEMENT AFTER THE ACDNT, HE NOTED HE HAD 'EXCESSIVE BACK PRESSURE' ON THE CONTROL STICK & STATED THAT MORE SPEED AT LIFT-OFF WOULD HAVE BEEN HELPFUL. ALSO, HE RPRTD THERE WERE CALM WIND CONDITIONS & RAIN SHOWERS IN THE AREA. THERE WAS ANOTHER PART ON THE LAKE THAT WOULD HAVE PROVIDED A LONGER TAKEOFF AREA.

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

IMPROPER PREFLIGHT PLANNING BY THE PILOT AND HIS FAILURE TO ATTAIN AND/OR MAINTAIN ADEQUATE SPEED, WHICH RESULTED IN A STALL/MUSH AFTER LIFT-OFF.

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