NTSB Identification: ANC01LA045.
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Accident occurred Saturday, March 31, 2001 in Palmer, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/20/2002
Aircraft: Piper PA-22-108, registration: N4606Z
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 certificated private pilot was departing from a snow-covered 800 feet long site, in a tundra-tire equipped airplane. The pilot said that as he neared the end of the site, just before the airplane became airborne, the right main wheel hit a rut, and the right main landing gear collapsed. The airplane veered to the right, and collided with a stand of willows.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's selection of an unsuitable takeoff area. A factor associated with the accident was rough/uneven terrain. Full narrative available
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