NTSB Identification: ANC84LA167.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 25019.
Accident occurred Friday, September 07, 1984 in PALMER, AK
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18, registration: N5127Y
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.

ACCORDING TO THE PLT, HE WAS TAKING OFF FROM A HAY FIELD TO THE EAST TOWARD TREES THAT WERE UP TO 80 FT TALL. HE ESTIMATED A RIGHT QUARTERING HEAD WIND AT 15 KTS GUSTING TO 25 KTS. HE STATED THAT HE ENCOUNTERED A DOWNDRAFT JUST BEFORE REACHING THE AREA OF THE TREES. REPORTEDLY, HE MANEUVERED TO AVOID A TALL TREE, BUT WAS UNABLE TO MAINTAIN HIS AIRSPEED. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE ACFT SETTLED INTO TREES & CRASHED.

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

PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..UNFAVORABLE WIND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH OBSTRUCTION(S)



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