NTSB Identification: ANC87LA142.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34204.
Accident occurred Saturday, September 05, 1987 in MCGRATH, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/31/1988
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18, registration: N4191Z
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

A LOCAL HUNTING GUIDE CRASHED HIS AIRPLANE IN A REMOTE MOUNTAIN PASS IN CENTRAL ALASKA. ANOTHER GUIDE WHO OVERFLEW THE CRASH SITE SHORTLY AFTER THE ACCIDENT SAW THE AIRPLANE BURNING, BUT WAS UNABLE TO LAND DUE TO STRONG WINDS, SEVERE TURBULENCE AND STRONG DOWNDRAFTS. THE PRIVATE PILOT-IN-COMMAND OF THE CRASHED AIRPLANE WAS KILLED AND THE AIRPLANE WAS DESTROYED. EARLIER CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN THE PIC AND A STATE TROOPER REVEALED THAT THE FORMER LIKED TO FLY LOW TO THE GROUND DURING HUNTING SEASON IN ORDER TO KEEP FROM DISTURBING SHEEP ON THE MOUNTAIN SIDES. PHYSICAL EVIDENCE AT THE ACCD SITE INDICATED THAT A WINGTIP INITIALLY STRUCK THE GROUND FOLLOWED BY THE ACFT CARTWHEELING.

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

CLEARANCE..NOT MAINTAINED..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

WEATHER CONDITION..DOWNDRAFT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..GUSTS


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH WIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TURBULENCE

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