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K RANCHES AVIATION: http://registry.faa.gov/N4457Z
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Casper FSFO-04
NTSB Identification: GAA17CA019
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, October 06, 2016 in Hanna, WY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/18/2017
Aircraft: PIPER PA18, registration: N4457Z
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 a tailwheel equipped airplane reported that while landing on a dirt road with a left quartering crosswind, the "wind changed suddenly" and the airplane drifted to the right. He further reported that he applied power to abort the landing, but the right main landing gear "dropped off" the side of the dirt road and the airplane veered "hard to the right" into a ditch and wire fence.
The left elevator sustained substantial damage.
The pilot reported no preaccident 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 directional control during the landing roll in shifting wind conditions.