NTSB Identification: ANC87LA161.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34063.
Accident occurred Thursday, September 17, 1987 in SPARREVOHN, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/27/1988
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18, registration: N7051
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 OF THE AIRPLANE WAS AN ALASKA STATE TROOPER PERFORMING HIS OFFICIAL DUTIES AND WAS FLYING AN AIRPLANE OWNED AND OPERATED BY THE STATE OF ALASKA. HE HAD LANDED ON A REMOTE RIDGE TOP TO RECOVER ESSENTIAL ITEMS OF EVIDENCE FOR A PENDING CASE. UPON DEPARTURE FROM THE RIDGE, ROUGH TERRAIN PREMATURELY BOUNCED THE AIRPLANE INTO THE AIR AND THE PILOT WAS UNABLE TO GAIN SUFFICIENT AIRSPEED TO REMAIN AIRBORNE OR CLIMB. THE AIRPLANE STRUCK A SMALL TREE AND NOSED OVER.

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:

ABORTED TAKEOFF..NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN

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