NTSB Identification: DEN84LA053.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22707.
Accident occurred Thursday, December 01, 1983 in HERREID, SD
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18A 150, registration: N3401W
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.

THE ACFT RAN INTO A CREEK BED DURING AN OFF ARPT LANDING AND THE LANDING GEAR COLLAPSED. THE PLT WAS CONDUCTING AN AERIAL HUNT OF COYOTES. AFTER SHOOTING ONE HE SOUGHT A PLACE TO LAND TO PICK UP THE CARCASS AND STATED THAT ALTHOUGH HE INSPECTED THE AREA FROM THE AIR HE APPARENTLY DID NOT SEE THE CREEK BED.

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INACCURATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

UNSUITABLE TERRAIN OR TAKEOFF/LANDING/TAXI AREA..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LANDING GEAR,MAIN GEAR..OVERLOAD


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..WET


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SOFT

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