Monday, March 20, 2017

Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser, N92544: Accident occurred March 19, 2017 at Palmer Municipal Airport (PAAQ), Alaska

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage, Alaska 

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA193
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, March 19, 2017 in Palmer, AK
Aircraft: PIPER PA 12, registration: N92544
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 takeoff he added full power, applied right rudder, and "pushed [the] stick forward to lift [the] tail off the ground". He added that the tail came back onto the ground and the airplane veered to the right. He further added that he overcorrected to the left and the airplane ground looped; subsequently, the right main landing gear collapsed and the right wing and elevator impacted the ground.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing and elevator.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

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