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NTSB Identification: GAA16CA021
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, October 16, 2015 in Old Harbor, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/15/2016
Aircraft: PIPER PA 18-150, registration: N4336Z
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.

According to the pilot, he intended to perform a touch and go "to roll the tires" on a beach. He reported that he touched down, added power, and became airborne. He reported that shortly after becoming airborne the airplane rotated 90 degrees to the right, and the left wing impacted the ground. The airplane came to rest upright on an embankment and sustained substantial damage to the left wing, empennage, and elevator.

The pilot reported that there were no mechanical failures or anomalies prior to or during the flight that would have prevented normal flight operation.


The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The pilot's selection of unsuitable terrain for landing, resulting in a collision with terrain.