NTSB Identification: ANC83LA006
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, October 23, 1982 in NEAR HOMER, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/23/1983
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N6871X
Injuries: 3 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 DECIDED TO LAND ON A GRAVEL BAR. HE MADE A TOUCH-AND-GO, THEN RETURNED FOR A FULL STOP LANDING. DURING THE LANDING, HE DECIDED THERE WAS INSUFFICIENT ROOM TO STOP. HE APPLIED FULL POWER TO INITIATE A GO-AROUND AND SAW A LOG IN THE TAKEOFF PATH. THE AIRCRAFT LIFTED OFF THE GRAVEL BAR AND THE PILOT PULLED THE YOKE AFT TO CLEAR THE LOG. THE LANDING GEAR CLEARED, BUT THE TAIL STRUCK THE LOG. THE NOSE PITCHED DOWN AND THE NOSEWHEEL STRUCK THE GROUND HARD. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE AIRCRAFT BOUNCED ABOUT FOUR TIMES, THEN ENCOUNTERED ABOUT TWO FEET OF WATER IN THE RIVER AND TURNED OVER.

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

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

GO-AROUND..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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