NTSB Identification: ANC14CA023
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, April 21, 2014 in Kenai, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/18/2014
Aircraft: PIPER PA 18A 150, registration: N9299D
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 was taking off from a sloping beach in his tailwheel-equipped airplane. The pilot stated that the tide had come in, narrowing his takeoff path. During the takeoff roll, the airplane's right main landing gear tire hit an object on the beach, the airplane pivoted to the left, and the left wing struck a group of alders. The airplane ground looped, sustaining substantial damage to the right wing and horizontal stabilizer. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical anomalies with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

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

The pilot's loss of directional control during takeoff, resulting in a collision with terrain and ground loop.

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