FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Anchorage FSDO-03
NTSB Identification: GAA16CA273
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, May 29, 2016 in Shulin Lake, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/27/2016
Aircraft: PIPER PA 18, registration: N6966D
Injuries: 2 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.
According to the pilot, on short final during landing, he thought that he had cleared the trees on the approach end of the private airstrip. He reported that he aimed for his landing spot, but the propeller struck a tree and the airplane impacted the ground. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the both wings and the fuselage.
The pilot reported that there were no mechanical anomalies or malfunctions during the flight with any portion of the airplane that would have prevented normal flight operations.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to maintain clearance from trees during final approach.