NTSB Identification: ANC12CA081
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, June 20, 2012 in Beluga, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/26/2012
Aircraft: PIPER J3F-65, registration: N77EC
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 stated that he had been landing his tailwheel-equipped airplane at an off-airport site. On his third landing attempt, he elected to go around, but the airplane landed hard. During the landing, the left main landing gear broke and the left wing contacted the ground, sustaining substantial damage to the wing spar. In a written statement, the pilot stated that the airplane may not have been developing full power, but in a telephone conversation he said that, "the engine was running good when the prop hit."

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

The pilot's delayed decision to go around, which resulted in a hard landing.

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