NTSB Identification: ANC85FA042.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27724.
Accident occurred Friday, January 25, 1985 in MINTO, AK
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18, registration: N4242Z
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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 PLT HAD LANDED THE SKI EQUIPPED ACFT ON THE SHORE OF A LAKE THAT WAS COVERED WITH GRASSY TUNDRA & SNOW. FOR A SUBSEQUENT TAKEOFF, HE ELECTED TO CONTINUE STRAIGHT AHEAD RATHER THAN BACK TAXI TO WHERE HE HAD A KNOWN SURFACE CONDITION. DURING THE TAKEOFF, THE PLT ELECTED TO LIFT-OFF PREMATURELY TO MINIMIZE BOUNCING/POUNDING ON THE ROUGH SURFACE. HOWEVER, THE SKIS BROKE THRU THE CRUSTED SNOW & THE ACFT 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


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOW COVERED

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