NTSB Identification: ANC87LA058.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 32640.
Accident occurred Sunday, April 05, 1987 in VALDEZ, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/21/1988
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18, registration: N9073D
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 REPORTED THAT HE COULD NOT KEEP THE SKI EQUIPPED AIRCRAFT FROM BANKING TO THE LEFT AFTER TAKE OFF AND ELECTED TO REDUCE POWER AND LAND. THE AIRCRAFT SUSTAINED SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE WHEN THE LEFT WING TIP STRUCK THE GROUND AND CARTWHEELED DURING THE LANDING. THE AIRCRAFT HAD BEEN FLOWN THE PRECEEDING DAY WITHOUT INCIDENT OR MALFUNCTION AND HAD BEEN PARKED OUTSIDE DURING A SNOW STORM PRIOR TO THE FLIGHT. A POST ACCIDENT FLIGHT CONTROL CONTINUITY CHECK DISCOVERED NO ABNORMALITIES.

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

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

AIRCRAFT PREFLIGHT..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

IMPROPER USE OF PROCEDURE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

ICE/FROST REMOVAL FROM AIRCRAFT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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