NTSB Identification: ANC86LA051.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29915.
Accident occurred Monday, April 28, 1986 in CHUGIAK, AK
Aircraft: PIPER PA-22, registration: N3438A
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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

WHILE FLYING IN THE MOUNTAINS AT ABOUT 5000 FEET MSL (200 FEET AGL), THE AIRPLANE ENCOUNTERED A DOWNDRAFT, CAUSING IT TO CRASH ON A GLACIER. PILOT ESTIMATED THE WINDS TO BE ABOUT 10 KNOTS.

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

COMPENSATION FOR WIND CONDITIONS..NOT UNDERSTOOD..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

JUDGMENT..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

WEATHER EVALUATION..INACCURATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..DOWNDRAFT

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