NTSB Identification: DEN85LA050.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 26514.
Accident occurred Tuesday, December 25, 1984 in POPLAR, MT
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18, registration: N3180Z
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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 FLYING THE ACFT 'LOW AND SLOW' TO LOOK FOR DEER WHEN THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED. HE STATED THAT HE PULLED THE POWER BACK TO GLIDE DOWN AND OBSERVE WILDLIFE AND WHEN HE REAPPLIED POWER THERE WAS SEVERE HESITATION AND THE ENG DID NOT PICK UP RPM. HE PUSHED THE NOSE DOWN TO GAIN AIRSPEED AND HIT A HILLTOP WITH THE LANDING GEAR. THE PLT DESCRIBED THE TERRAIN AS HILLY AND REPORTED THE WINDS TO BE AT 18 KTS GUSTING TO 26 KTS. THE TEMP WAS REPORTED AS -10 DEG F. CARBURETOR HEAT WAS NOT USED DURING THE GLIDE.

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

CARBURETOR HEAT..NOT USED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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