NTSB Identification: DEN83FTI03.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20370.
Accident occurred Saturday, January 15, 1983 in GALEN, MT
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18-150, registration: N4610Y
Injuries: 1 Serious.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

ACCORDING TO WITNESSES, THE PLT CIRCLED AROUND SOME RANCH BUILDING, THEN BEGAN A STEEP CLIMBING TURN. THE PLT STATED THAT HE WAS MOMENTARILY DISTRACTED BY AN OUTSIDE OBSERVATION, THE CLIMB BECAME TOO STEEP, AND THE PLANE STALLED. THE PILOT INITIATED A RECOVERY, BUT THE ACFT HIT THE GROUND IN A WINGS LEVEL ATTITUDE WHILE STILL SETTLING, HE REPORTED THAT AFTER HITTING THE GROUND, THE ACFT BOUNCED THRU A FENCE, SLID DOWN A SLOPE ALONG ANOTHER FENCE AND CAME TO REST IN A DITCH.

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

AIRSPEED..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

STALL..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LOW PASS..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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