NTSB Identification: ANC85LA167.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28468.
Accident occurred Friday, August 30, 1985 in CAPE YAKATAGA, AK
Aircraft: PIPER PA-14, registration: N5188H
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 A SANDY/GRAVEL AREA ABOUT 600 FT LONG & 100 FT WIDE WHICH WAS LOCATED BETWEEN HILLS THAT WERE 100 TO 150 FT HIGH. DURING A X-WIND APCH, THE ACFT'S RATE OF DESCENT BEGAN INCREASING. THE PLT APPLIED FULL POWER TO ARREST THE DESCENT, BUT THE ACFT TOUCHED DOWN SHORT OF THE INTENDED LANDING AREA. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE LANDING GEAR HIT A BOULDER & COLLAPSED. THE PLT REPORTED THAT AT THE TOPS OF THE HILLS, THE X-WIND WAS VARIABLE AT 10 TO 15 KTS & WAS GUSTY.

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

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


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CROSSWIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..DOWNDRAFT

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