NTSB Identification: ANC11CA098
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, September 13, 2011 in McGrath, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/03/2011
Aircraft: CESSNA 180A, registration: N7814A
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 pilot reported that he was taking off from a sandbar when the airplane encountered a downdraft. The left landing gear subsequently struck the riverbank and was sheared off. The left wing then contacted the ground and the airplane slid to a stop on its fuselage, receiving substantial damage to the left wing, fuselage and tail section.

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

The pilot's loss of control when encountering a downdraft during the initial climb after takeoff, resulting in a collision with terrain.

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