NTSB Identification: ANC83LA020
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, November 30, 1982 in BREVIG MISSION, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/30/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18-150, registration: N3675P
Injuries: 1 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

WHILE THE PILOT WAS LANDING ON A ROAD, THE LEFT MAIN GEAR, FORWARD SUPPORT TUBE FAILED. THE PILOT STATED THAT HE APPLIED TAKEOFF POWER TO AVOID GROUND LOOPING AND THE PLANE BECAME AIRBORNE. HE STATED THAT HE "DUMPED" HIS FLAPS WHILE INDICATING 60 MPH AND STARTED TO MAKE A SHALLOW TURN TOWARD HILLS AWAY FROM THE VILLAGE. HE BELIEVED THE AIRCRAFT ENCOUNTERED A LIGHT DOWNDRAFT OR SHEAR AND STALLED. AN EXAMINATION OF THE FAILED SUPPORT TUBE REVEALED THAT IT HAD FAILED FROM OVERLOAD. REPORTEDLY, THERE WAS COMPACTED SNOW AND ICE ON THE INTENDED SURFACE.

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

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