NTSB Identification: ANC85LA132.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29572.
Accident occurred Thursday, July 18, 1985 in MCCARTHY, AK
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18-150, registration: N1109A
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Serious.

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-IN-COMMAND WAS DEPARTING FROM A 600 FOOT LONG AIRSTRIP AT A 3400 FOOT FIELD ELEVATION. THE TAKEOFF RUN WAS DOWNSLOPE AND THE PILOT HAD TO PULL THE AIRPLANE OFF THE GROUND BY USE OF THE CONTROL STICK AND THE APPLICATION OF FULL FLAPS, THE 40 DEGREE POSITION. THE AIRPLANE LIFTED OFF BUT WOULD NOT CLIMB. THE PILOT HAD TO MANEUVER AROUND A HILL AND HE LOWERED THE NOSE AND REDUCED THE FLAPS TO 20 DEGREES IN AN EFFORD TO GAIN AIRSPEED. THE AIRPLANE CONTINUED TO DESCEND AND FLEW INTO THE GROUND WHEREUPON IT NOSED OVER AND BURNED.

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

RAISING OF FLAPS..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH VEGETATION

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

ELEVATOR..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DOWNHILL

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