NTSB Identification: ANC01LA101.
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Accident occurred Saturday, June 16, 2001 in HOMER, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/20/2002
Aircraft: Piper PA-18, registration: N6966D
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot, holder of a student pilot certificate, was landing a tailwheel-equipped airplane at the conclusion of a local area flight. He said he landed hard, the airplane bounced, and then ground looped to the left. The right main landing gear wheel rim was broken, and the right wingtip scraped the ground. The pilot said his total accrued flight time was about 55 hours, and he was uncertain if the airplane sustained any damage to the wing structure. One month later, an airplane mechanic notified the NTSB IIC, and reported that the right wing received damage to the wing spar.

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

The student pilot's inadvertent ground loop. A factor in the accident was the pilot's lack of total experience.

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