NTSB Identification: ANC07CA030.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, April 24, 2007 in Soldotna, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/27/2007
Aircraft: Piper PA-22, registration: N3579A
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 a tailwheel-equipped airplane while practicing touch-and-go landings, which required a correction for a left crosswind, during a Title 14, CFR Part 91 personal flight. During touchdown, the pilot inadvertently allowed the airplane to veer to the right, and he applied takeoff power in an attempt to abort the landing. The pilot said that after he applied takeoff power, the veer worsened, and he reduced power in an attempt to stop the airplane. The airplane subsequently went off the right side of the runway, encountered a muddy berm, and nosed over. The airplane sustained structural damage to the wing lift struts and empennage. The pilot noted that there were no preaccident mechanical anomalies with the airplane.

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

The pilot's failure to compensate for a crosswind during the landing roll, which resulted in a loss of control, an encounter with a muddy berm, and a nose over. A factor in the accident was a crosswind.

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