ANC05CA108
ANC05CA108

On July 25, 2005, about 1630 Alaska daylight time, a wheel equipped Piper PA-18-150 airplane, N6195D, sustained substantial damage during an aborted takeoff at the Aleknagik Mission School airstrip, Aleknagik, Alaska, when the right wing struck a small tree. The private pilot/operator and the sole passenger were not injured. The personal 14 CFR Part 91 local flight operated in visual meteorological conditions without a flight plan.

During a telephone conversation with the NTSB investigator-in-charge on July 26, the pilot reported that he was departing to the east, with a variable gusting wind that ranged from the east to the north. Shortly after liftoff, he stated that a gust of wind blew the airplane to the right side of the runway, and he elected to abort the takeoff and land on the runway. The airplane touched down on the far right side of the runway, and the right wing struck a small tree, pulling the airplane off the runway and collapsing the left main landing gear. The airplane received structural damage to the left and right wings, and left aileron. The pilot indicated that there was no preaccident mechanical problems with the airplane.

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