NTSB Identification: ANC01LA040.
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Accident occurred Sunday, March 04, 2001 in Salcha, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/06/2001
Aircraft: Taylorcraft 19, registration: N22N
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The private certificated pilot was departing a private airstrip in a wheel-equipped airplane. The snow-covered airstrip, oriented north/south, was 2,000 feet long, and 20 feet wide. The pilot said he began his takeoff roll toward the south, but the airplane had not become airborne by the time the airplane had traveled about two thirds of the airstrip's length. The pilot said he aborted the takeoff, but he could not stop the airplane before it went off the end of the airstrip into deep snow. The airplane nosed over and received damage to the vertical stabilizer, the rudder, the left wing lift strut, and the right wingtip. After the accident, the pilot said he noticed a 5 to 7 mph tailwind from the northeast.

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

The pilot's failure to compensate for a tailwind during takeoff, and his delay in aborting the takeoff. Factors in the accident were a tailwind, and snow-covered terrain.

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