NTSB Identification: ANC08CA115
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, August 30, 2008 in Fairbanks, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/11/2008
Aircraft: PIPER PA-22, registration: N3414A
Injuries: 2 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 pilot was landing on a ridgeline in a tailwheel-equipped airplane. He reported that after landing, his landing roll was longer than anticipated, and the airplane rolled into an area of rough and uneven terrain. He said that the airplane's left main landing gear wheel struck rock, and the left main landing gear leg collapsed. The airplane sustained structural damage to the left wing and the left wing lift struts. 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 selection of an unsuitable landing site, resulting in a main landing gear collapse during the landing roll.

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