NTSB Identification: ANC87FA097.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33533.
Accident occurred Monday, July 13, 1987 in KASILOF, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/09/1988
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18, registration: N54106
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Minor.
NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
THE STUDENT PILOT AND HIS NON-PILOT PASSENGER/FATHER WERE FLYING ALONG A SALT WATER BEACH LOOKING FOR SIGNS OF A RECENT OIL SPILL, WHEN THE PILOT SAW A FISHING NET IN THE WATER THAT HE WANTED A CLOSER LOOK AT. HE MADE TWO 180 DEGREE TURNS AT AN ALTITUDE OF 60-80 FEET AGL OVER THE NET. ON THE SECOND TURN HE STALLED THE AIRPLANE AND STRUCK THE WATER.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:AIRSPEED(VSO)..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:STALL..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND
ALTITUDE..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND
DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND
LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OF AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND
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