Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Kenai, Alaska
Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf
NTSB Identification: ANC17LA016
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, February 08, 2017 in Sterling, AK
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18-125, registration: N1268A
Injuries: 1 Serious.
This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
On February 8, 2017 about 1456 Alaska standard time, a ski-equipped Piper PA-18-125 airplane, N1268A, sustained substantial damage following a loss of control while maneuvering about four miles southwest of Sterling, Alaska. The solo private pilot sustained serious injuries. The flight was operated as a visual flight rules (VFR) personal flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions (VMC) prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from the pilot's homestead airstrip about three miles southwest of Sterling, Alaska.
During a telephone conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge (IIC) on February 9, an Alaska state trooper that responded to the site just after the accident said that when he arrived on scene, the pilot told him that the airplane became uncontrollable when the aileron control system locked in place as she turned the airplane to the right. Unable to roll the wings level, the airplane subsequently descended nose low, and it struck the surface of a frozen river.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings and the fuselage.
The NTSB IIC, along with a second NTSB investigator, and two Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airworthiness inspectors from the Juneau Flight Standards District Office, traveled to the accident site early in the morning of February 9. However, family members of the injured pilot removed the wreckage from the accident site before the NTSB could arrive on scene, and an NTSB postaccident wreckage examination was done after recovery. The airplane's flight control cables had been cut and compromised during recovery.
The closest official weather observation station is located at the Soldotna airport, approximately 7 miles west of the accident site. At 1456, an Aviation Routine Weather Report (METAR) was reporting, and stated in part: Wind 290 degrees (true) at 4 knots; visibility 10 statute miles; clouds and sky condition, overcast at 2,300 feet ceiling; temperature 25 degrees F; dew point 10 degrees F; altimeter 29.84 inHg.
Alaska State Troopers, via the trooper dispatch, reported on a crash of a Piper PA-18-125 Super Cub along the Kenai River on Wednesday that occurred just before 3 pm.
According to the report, troopers, along with Central Emergency Services and members of the Alaska State Parks responded to the crash scene at 2:56 pm on Wednesday to find that 27-year-old Charley Tegerdine of Sterling suffering injuries as a result of the crash.
Tegerdine was transported to the Central Peninsula Hospital for treatment of the injuries sustained. Although Tegerdine suffered serious injuries, those injured are not believed to be life-threatening.
Tegerdine had “reported experiencing mechanical issues with the flight controls immediately prior to the crash,” troopers said.
Tegerdine is a Registered Nurse and a Certified Nursing Assistant at the Central Peninsula Hospital and an avid pilot.
Troopers, Central Emergency Services and Alaska State Parks personnel responded to the crash scene near Sterling just before 3 p.m., according to an online trooper dispatch.
A Piper PA-18-125 Super Cub crashed into a riverbank of the Kenai, injuring 27-year-old pilot Charley Tegerdine, troopers wrote. Tegerdine was taken to and treated at Central Peninsula Hospital.
“Tegerdine reported experiencing mechanical issues with the flight controls immediately prior to the crash,” the dispatch stated.
Troopers said the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Flight Standards Service and National Transportation Security Board (NTSB) were notified of the crash and have assumed jurisdiction over the investigation.
NTSB spokesman Clint Johnson said the pilot suffered serious injuries that were not considered life-threatening.
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Alaska State Troopers say a 27-year-old pilot from Sterling was injured in a small-plane crash on the bank of the Kenai River on Wednesday.
Troopers and officials with Central Emergency Services and Alaska State Parks responded to reports of the crash in Sterling shortly before 3 p.m., according to an online dispatch.
"Investigation revealed a Piper PA-18 aircraft, piloted by 27-year-old Charley Tegerdine of Sterling, crashed into the riverbank of the Kenai River," the dispatch says.
The crash injured Tegerdine, who was taken to Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna for treatment, troopers said. Troopers did not report the severity of Tegerdine's injures, and the pilot was not listed at the Kenai Peninsula hospital.
The pilot told authorities there were mechanical issues with the flight controls immediately before the crash.
The Federal Aviation Administration Flight Standards Service and National Transportation Security Board are investigating the crash.
Type: Aircraft Crash
On 02/08/2017 at approximately 1456 hours, Alaska State Troopers, Central Emergency Services, and Alaska State Parks responded to the report of an aircraft crash in Sterling. Investigation revealed a Piper PA-18 aircraft, piloted by 27-year-old Charley Tegerdine of Sterling, crashed into the riverbank of the Kenai River. Tegerdine sustained injuries in the crash and was transported to Central Peninsula Hospital for treatment. Tegerdine reported experiencing mechanical issues with the flight controls immediately prior to the crash. The Federal Aviation Administration Flight Standards Service and National Transportation Security Board were notified and assumed jurisdiction over the investigation.