Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Piper PA-18, N2518A: Accident occurred April 18, 2016 in Palmer, Alaska

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Anchorage FSDO-03

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA204
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, April 18, 2016 in Palmer, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/15/2016
Aircraft: PIPER PA 18, registration: N2518A
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.

The pilot of the tailwheel equipped airplane reported that during the landing roll on a sandbar, and as the sand transitioned from dry sand to wet sand, he applied brakes and the airplane nosed over. 

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the lift strut and the empennage. 

According to the pilot there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's decision to land on unsuitable terrain and incorrect brake application during the landing roll, which resulted in a nose over.

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