NTSB Identification: ANC05CA140.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, September 13, 2005 in Nenana, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/20/2005
Aircraft: Piper PA-18, registration: N7761D
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.

The private certificated pilot was landing at a hunting campsite, where he had landed in the past. The grass-covered landing area is oriented northwest/southeast, and is about 600 feet long, and about 12 feet wide. The pilot said that he landed toward the southeast, and during the landing roll, the main landing gear tires encountered soft terrain. The airplane then nosed over and received structural damage to the rudder, the left wing, and the left wing lift strut. In the Pilot/Operator Aircraft Accident Report (NTSB Form 6120.1/2) submitted by the pilot, the pilot reported that during the landing, a gust of wind resulted in a bounced landing. On the second contact with the landing area, the pilot indicated that he was unable to lower the tail of the airplane, and it began to rise, which resulted in a nose over. He reported the wind conditions as 220 degrees magnetic at 8 knots, gusts to 10 knots.

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

The pilot's improper recovery from a bounced landing during the landing roll, which resulted in a loss of control and a nose over.

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