Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Piper PA-18-105 SPECIAL, N247T: Accident occurred April 23, 2016 in Talkeetna, Alaska


NTSB Identification: GAA16CA210
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, April 23, 2016 in Talkeetna, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/15/2016
Aircraft: PIPER PA18S, registration: N247T
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 of a tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that he decided to land on an off-airport gravel bar. During the landing roll, the pilot reported that a "tailwind gust" lifted the airplane's tail and the airplane nosed over. 

The right wing lift strut and windscreen were substantially damaged. 

The pilot did not report any mechanical malfunctions or failures 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 failure to maintain pitch control during the landing roll, which resulted in a nose over.

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