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NTSB Identification: GAA18CA355
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, June 16, 2018 in Salcha, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/18/2019
Aircraft: PIPER PA18, registration: N9098D
Injuries: 1 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 reported that, while landing on an unimproved, off-airport site, he applied too much brake pressure, and the airplane nosed over.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing lift struts, empennage, and fuselage.
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.


The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The pilot’s overapplication of the brakes during landing, which resulted in a nose-over.