NTSB Identification: ANC89LA173.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 39378.
Accident occurred Thursday, September 21, 1989 in NEAR TALKEETNA, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/28/1991
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18, registration: N2460A
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 PILOT TOLD THE REAR SEAT PASSENGER TO LEAN FORWARD FOR TAKEOFF. JUST AFTER LIFT OFF, AT APRX 10 TO 20 FT AGL, THE ENG STOPPED PRODUCING POWER. THE PILOT SWITCHED FUEL TANKS, BUT NOTHING HAPPENED. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE LEFT WING STRUCK THE GROUND & THE AIRPLANE CARTWHEELED TO A STOP. A TEST RUN OF THE ENG SHOWED NO MECHANICAL IRREGULARITIES. THE PILOT STATED HE BELIEVED THE REAR SEAT PASSENGER 'SNAGGED' THE REAR THROTTLE & INADVERTENTLY PULLED IT TO IDLE WHEN HE LEANED BACK IN HIS SEAT AFTER TAKEOFF. ALSO, THE PLT STATED THAT HE DID NOT CHECK THE THROTTLE POSITION AT THE TIME OF THE POWER LOSS. HE ESTIMATED THERE WAS 10 GAL OF FUEL ON BOARD.

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

THE PASSENGER'S INADVERTENT INTERFERENCE WITH THE THROTTLE CONTROL, AND LACK OF APPROPRIATE REMEDIAL ACTION BY THE PILOT.

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