NTSB Identification: ANC09CA037
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, May 05, 2009 in Haines, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/28/2009
Aircraft: CESSNA 140, registration: N1685V
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 solo commercial pilot reported that he was practicing remote beach takeoffs and landings in his personal airplane. On the accident takeoff, he said that the airplane bounced when it encountered a rocky area and when it touched down again in soft sand, it nosed over. The airplane received substantial damage to the vertical stabilizer and rudder. The pilot stated that there were no preaccident mechanical problems with the airplane.

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

The pilot's decision to practice takeoff and landings on unsuitable terrain, which resulted in a nose-over on takeoff.

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