NTSB Identification: ANC84LA184.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26380.
Accident occurred Monday, September 17, 1984 in MONTAGUE ISLAND, AK
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18A, registration: N8469D
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.

PLT WAS ATTEMPTING TAKEOFF FROM A SAND BAR WHICH WAS NOT ONLY SOFT BUT SLOPED TO THE RIGHT TOWARD THE WATER. ON TAKEOFF ROLL, THE TAILWHEEL WAS RAISED PREMATURELY AND DIRECTIONAL CONTROL COULD NOT BE MAINTAINED WITH RUDDER. THE AIRCRAFT DRIFTED DOWNSLOPE TOWARD THE WATER AND COLLIDED WITH BEACH JETSAM.

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

FLIGHT CONTROLS..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

AIRPORT FACILITIES,RUNWAY/LANDING AREA CONDITION..LOOSE OBJECTS


Contributing Factors

AIRPORT FACILITIES,RUNWAY/LANDING AREA CONDITION..SAND BAR

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