On June 27, 1993, at approximately 1630 Alaska daylight time, a tundra tire equipped PA18-150 airplane, N13880, nosed over on landing at a gravel bar landing strip on the Uganik River, 30 miles west of the town of Kodiak, Alaska. The sole occupant, a certificated private pilot, had departed Kodiak Municipal at 1530 with a stop at Port Lyons, also on Kodiak Island. The personal flight was conducted under 14 CFR Part 91 in visual meteorological conditions, without a flight plan. The pilot was not injured, however the airplane sustained substantial damage. Use your browsers 'back' function to return to synopsisReturn to Query Page
The pilot told the investigators that he had overflown the landing area on two passes before landing; however, when he landed the wind was "squirrelly [sic] and probably should have gone around, (and) couldn't stop it, it went over." He said that when he examined the airplane after righting it that the damage included a bent rudder, one upper and one lower bent longeron as well.
In a statement to the NTSB, the pilot recommended that he should (in the future) land shorter, avoid boulders and use less brake pressure.