NTSB Identification: SEA85LA106.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27772.
Accident occurred Wednesday, April 03, 1985 in EXCURSION INLET, AK
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18, registration: N27036
Injuries: 2 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 PLT ELECTED TO LAND ON AN AIRSTRIP IN A NARROW VALLEY WITH MOUNTAINS ON EITHER SIDE. WHILE LANDING IN VARIABLE & GUSTY WIND CONDITIONS, HE LOST DIRECTIONAL CONTROL OF THE ACFT. THE ACFT THEN VEERED OFF THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE RWY ONTO ROUGH TERRAIN WHERE THE LEFT MAIN GEAR COLLAPSED & THE LEFT WING WAS DAMAGED. THE PLT REPORTED THAT THE WIND WAS PRIMARILY FROM THE WEST AT 10 GUSTING 15 KTS, BUT AT TIMES, IT SHIFTED TO A HEADWIND OR TAILWIND.

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

COMPENSATION FOR WIND CONDITIONS..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CROSSWIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..GUSTS

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