NTSB Identification: ANC05CA113.
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Accident occurred Sunday, July 31, 2005 in Wasilla, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/20/2005
Aircraft: Piper PA-18-150, registration: N120CS
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.
During taxi for takeoff on a private gravel airstrip, the private pilot reported he taxied too close to the edge of the taxiway, and the edge of the taxiway collapsed. He stated he thought he was in a hole or rut, and he applied power. The airplane subsequently encountered a ditch, and the left main landing gear collapsed. The left wing of the airplane received substantial damage.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's selection of unsuitable terrain for taxi, which resulted in the airplane encountering a ditch, and the collapse of the main landing gear. A factor associated with the accident was the ditch. Full narrative available
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