On July 28, 2001, about 1840 Alaska daylight time, a wheel-equipped Piper PA-18-150 airplane, N6893B, sustained substantial damage while landing at an off airport site located about 45 miles east of Bethel, Alaska. The airplane was being operated as a visual flight rules (VFR) personal flight under Title 14, CFR Part 91, when the accident occurred. The certificated private pilot, and the one passenger, were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed.

During a telephone conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge on July 28, the pilot reported that he was landing to the northwest, which required a correction for a strong left crosswind. He said that he bounced the landing, then added full engine power to abort the landing. The airplane veered to the right, went off the right side of the runway, and the right wing struck a stand of trees. The airplane rolled down an embankment, and sustained substantial damage to both wings, fuselage, and empennage.

The pilot stated that there were no preaccident mechanical anomalies with the airplane.

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