NTSB Identification: ANC87LA050.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32643.
Accident occurred Thursday, March 12, 1987 in KOTZEBUE, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/21/1988
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18, registration: N135RB
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 STUDENT PILOT ELECTED TO MAKE AN OFF AIRPORT LANDING IN HIS SKI-EQUIPPED PIPER PA18 AIRPLANE. HE LANDED THE ACFT SUCCESSFULLY, BUT THE RIGHT SKI ATTACHMENT AND LEFT GEAR LEG COLLAPSED ON TAKE OFF FROM THE UNEVEN TERRAIN. THE ACFT WAS SUBSTANTIALLY DAMAGED; THE PILOT WAS NOT INJURED.

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

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

LACK OF FAMILIARITY WITH GEOGRAPHIC AREA..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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