NTSB Identification: ANC85LA139.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28183.
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 30, 1985 in KUSTATAN RIVER, AK
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18, registration: N1104N
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 REPORTED THAT HE LANDED THE FLOAT PLANE ON THE KUSTATAN RIVER TO FISH. LATER, WHEN HE WAS DEPARTING, HE SELECTED AN AREA THAT REQUIRED NEGOTIATING A TURN ON THE STEP. HE REPORTED THAT THERE WAS A 10 TO 12 KNOT HEADWIND THAT BECAME A QUARTERING HEADWIND AS HE APPROACHED THE LIFT-OFF POINT. HOWEVER, AT THAT POINT, THE WIND WAS BLOCKED BY TREES TO VIRTUALLY NO WIND. REPORTEDLY, HE DID NOT HAVE SUFFICIENT AIRSPEED WHEN THE ACFT LIFTED OFF. SHORTLY AFTER LIFT-OFF, THE ACFT STALLED. SUBSEQUENTLY, IT SETTLED TO THE SURFACE & NOSED OVER BEFORE COMING TO REST NEXT TO A SAND BAR. THE PLT DID NOT POSSESS A SEA PLANE RATING.

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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:

AIRSPEED(VLOF)..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL/MUSH..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

QUALIFICATION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

INADEQUATE TRAINING..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH OBSTRUCTION(S)


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND

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