NTSB Identification: LAX83LA281.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21648.
Accident occurred Sunday, June 12, 1983 in TUBA CITY, AZ
Aircraft: PIPER J3C-65, registration: N42762
Injuries: 1 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 PILOT HAD LANDED IN A RIVER BED DUE TO AN ENCOUNTER WITH AND DOWNDRAFTS WHILE FLYING IN CANYONS. THEN A STORM AND FLASH FLOOD THREATENED SO HE DECIDED TO TAKEOFF. DURING TAKEOFF ROLL A WING STRUCK RIVER ROCKS.

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

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


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..DOWNDRAFT


Contributing Factors

PRECAUTIONARY LANDING..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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