NTSB Identification: ANC05CA146.
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Accident occurred Sunday, September 11, 2005 in Fairbanks, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/20/2005
Aircraft: Piper PA-18, registration: N1755P
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 airline transport certificated pilot was landing on a gravel surface area oriented east/west, that was about 700 feet long, and about 30 feet wide. The pilot stated he landed uphill toward the west, and about 20 feet after touchdown, a gust of wind lifted the tail of the airplane. The nose of the airplane veered to the right, and the right wing collided with a tree. The airplane received damage to the right wing, and the right wing lift strut. The pilot said that until the unexpected tailwind, the wind had been calm.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain control of the airplane during the landing roll, which resulted in a collision with a tree. A factor contributing to the accident was a tailwind.

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