NTSB Identification: ANC89LA180.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 39361.
Accident occurred Saturday, September 30, 1989 in WINDY FORK, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/09/1990
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18, registration: N4579A
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 HE HAD FLOWN INTO A REMOTE, SHORT, GRAVEL BAR TO RETRIEVE SOME PARTS FROM ANOTHER AIRPLANE THAT HAD BEEN INVOLVED IN AN EARLIER ACCIDENT. HE HAD PREVIOUSLY REMOVED THE BATTERY FROM THE AIRCRAFT HE WAS FLYING TO LIGHTEN THE LOAD. CONSEQUENTLY, HE HAD TO HAND PROP THE ENGINE TO START IT. WHEN HE STARTED THE ENGINE, IT WENT TO A HIGHER RPM THAN WAS ANTICIPATED. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE AIRCRAFT ACCELERATED AWAY FROM THE PILOT & WENT DOWN AN EMBANKMENT.

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

IMPROPER PLANNING/DECISION BY THE PILOT.

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