Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Piper PA-22-160 Tri Pacer, N8842D: Accident occurred April 05, 2016 in Palmer, Alaska

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Anchorage FSDO-03

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA185
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, April 06, 2016 in Palmer, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/01/2016
Aircraft: PIPER PA 22-160, registration: N8842D
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 of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that during the takeoff roll on an off airport airstrip the airplane hit a soft spot, and he elected to abort the takeoff. He further reported that he was unable to stop prior to impacting a group of alder trees at the end of the airstrip.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to 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 selection of unsuitable terrain for takeoff, resulting in a runway over-run and collision with trees.

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