NTSB Identification: ANC10CA102
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, September 13, 2010 in Windy Forks Strip, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/20/2010
Aircraft: PIPER PA-12, registration: N2534M
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 pilot reported he was taxiing on an unimproved airstrip during a Title 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight when the accident occurred. He stated the airplane's tailwheel became stuck in a rut, and when he added power to free it, the empennage spun around and impacted a solid object. During the impact the empennage sustained substantial damage. The pilot verified that there were no mechanical anomalies with the airplane prior to the accident.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain directional control while taxiing on a rough/uneven airstrip.

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