NTSB Identification: ANC04LA104.
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Accident occurred Friday, September 03, 2004 in Cantwell, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/30/2005
Aircraft: Piper PA-18-150, registration: N9796P
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.

The pilot reported he was on a local personal flight with his two dogs, when he saw smoke coming up through the airplanes floorboards. He opened the side window so he could see and breathe better, but the increased air flow made the smoke worse. He made a forced landing in brush, and was able to exit the airplane and get his dogs away from the airplane before it was consumed by fire. The pilot said he was not aware of what initiated the fire, but believes it may have originated near the battery. Due to the remote location, the airplane was not examined by either NTSB or FAA personnel.

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

An in-flight fire for an undetermined reason, which resulted in an off-airport forced landing and subsequent destruction of the airplane by fire.

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