NTSB Identification: ANC85LA159.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28276.
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 21, 1985 in GULKANA, AK
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18, registration: N625SW
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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 ACFT CRASHED SHORTLY AFTER THE PLT HAD DEPARTED AN AIRSTRIP TO PROCEED ON A HUNTING TRIP. IMPACT OCCURRED IN A WOODED AREA ABOUT 1 MI FROM THE STRIP. ACCORDING TO WITNESSES, THE PLT HAD MADE 2 LOW APPROACHES OVER THE TREES BEFORE THE ACDNT. THE ACFT WAS DESTROYED BY IMPACT WITH TREES & THE GROUND. NO PREIMPACT PART FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION WAS EVIDENT. A TOXICOLOGY CHECK SHOWED THAT THE PLT HAD A BLOOD/ALCOHOL LEVEL OF 0.13%.

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:

IMPAIRMENT(ALCOHOL)..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CLEARANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)

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