Monday, July 02, 2018

Piper PA-18-150, N7675D: Accident occurred June 29, 2018 at Lake Hood Seaplane Base (PALH), Anchorage, Alaska

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Anchorage, AK
Accident Number: ANC18LA051
Date & Time: 06/29/2018, 1307 AKD
Registration: N7675D
Aircraft: Piper PA18
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 29, 2018, about 1307 Alaska daylight time, a float-equipped Piper PA-18 airplane, N7675D, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing following a partial power loss after takeoff at Lake Hood Seaplane Base (LHD), Anchorage, Alaska. The airline transport pilot, who was acting as pilot-in-command (PIC) from the back seat, sustained minor injuries and the pilot rated passenger in the front seat was uninjured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 visual flight rules personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed. The flight was destined for a private cabin near Rainy Pass, Alaska, about 100 miles northwest of LHD.

According to the PIC, when the airplane was about 150 ft above ground level (agl) following a departure from the north water lane, the engine began to "sputter" and stopped producing sufficient power to climb. He then turned the airplane to the east to land on runway 14 (gravel) while he "pumped" the throttle and had the passenger check that the fuel selector valve was in the "ON" position. The airplane impacted the grass area between runway 14 and taxiway hotel, just north of H3. The airplane came to rest on a heading of about 070° and sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and wings.

The airplane was removed from the runway and secured for further investigation. A detailed airframe and engine examination is pending.

The airplane was equipped with a Lycoming O-320 series engine. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N7675D
Model/Series: PA18 150
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PALH, 90 ft msl
Observation Time: 1253 ADT
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C / 8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 360°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 11000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.79 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Unknown
Departure Point: Anchorage, AK (LHD)
Destination: Willow, AK

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 61.186667, -149.966111 (est)

A small float plane crashed as it took off from Anchorage's Lake Hood Seaplane Base on Friday, according to officials.

Initial investigations showed that the plane, a Piper PA-18 Super Cub, was departing Lake Hood when it lost engine power, said Clint Johnson, chief of the National Transportation Safety Board Alaska Region.

The float plane took off from the water and headed north, Johnson said.

When the engine lost power, the pilot tried to make an emergency landing at Lake Hood's air strip, but didn't quite make it, landing instead in the grass next to the runway, Johnson said.

Two people on board suffered minor injuries, Johnson said. The National Transportation Safety Board was notified of the crash around 1:45 p.m. Friday.

The plane's wings and floats sustained significant damage, said sergeant Daniel Nowak with Anchorage Airport Police and Fire.

The Anchorage Fire Department responded and the two occupants of the plane declined medical treatment, Nowak said. The pilot was later taken to the hospital, according to Johnson.

Johnson didn't have additional details on Friday afternoon, including where the plane was heading when it crashed. An NTSB investigator was en route to the scene on Friday afternoon, he said.

As of 2:45 p.m., the Lake Hood air strip remained shut down, Nowak said.

Original article can be found here ➤

Emergency crews and investigators responded Friday to a plane crash at the Lake Hood airstrip in Anchorage.

Clint Johnson, the National Transportation Safety Board’s Alaska chief, said the crash involved "substantial damage but minor injuries."

Trudy Wassel, a Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport spokeswoman, said the crash was reported shortly before 1:30 p.m.

The National Transportation Safety Board says the Piper PA 18 Supercub was taking off from the water when the plane lost engine power. The pilot, who has not yet been identified, was able to turn the aircraft around and attempted to land at the airstrip but landed in a grassy area. 

The pilot sustained a minor leg injury, the NTSB says; the passenger was not injured. There were only two people onboard at the time of the incident. 

"A light aircraft did go down next to the strip," Wassel said. "The pilot did exit the aircraft."

The same airstrip was the site of a June 13 landing by midair collision survivor Bruce Markwood, after Wasilla pilot James Poelman crashed into the Susitna River and died.

Last week, a floatplane ran aground with damage but no injuries during a landing on the lake.

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1 comment:

  1. There are several news articles related to this, I drove up on this accident right as the fire engines responded, he lost power leaving lake hood at a decent enough altitude to make the field and landed on his floats on the grass at the end of the gravel runway where the port o John is, plane was balled up after going ass over tin cups but the pilot and passenger were walking around and initially refused treatment (pilot eventually went to get checked out). A good outcome givin the circumstances. Looked like a nice bird too...