Thursday, December 03, 2020

Piper PA-18-150 Replica Super Cub, N4900C: Accident occurred December 02, 2020 at Juneau International Airport (PAJN), Alaska

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.

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

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

Location: Juneau, AK 
Accident Number: ANC21LA008
Date & Time: December 2, 2020, 16:00 Local 
Registration: N4900C
Aircraft: Piper PA18 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper 
Registration: N4900C
Model/Series: PA18 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PAJN,24 ft msl 
Observation Time: 15:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C /0°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 25 knots / 45 knots, 120°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 5500 ft AGL 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.56 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Gustavus, AK (PAGS) 
Destination: Juneau, AK

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 58.354712,-134.57847 

Capital City Fire/Rescue responded to an airplane crash at Juneau International Airport Wednesday afternoon after strong winds destroyed a personal aircraft.

“A personal aircraft — a Piper Super Cub — was on the taxiway,” said CCFR assistant fire chief Ed Quinto in a phone interview. “A strong gust of wind picked it up and put it down in the median.”

The aircraft’s wings, prop and undercarriage were destroyed in the crash, but the pilot was not injured, Quinto said.

“Fortunately, he was not injured,” Quinto said. “He walked out and was standing there when we arrived.”

Rapid response by the airport staff helped to clear the taxiway, Quinto said, although some flights were diverted or canceled as of Wednesday evening.

“They should be open right now,” Quinto said. “Airfield maintenance responded pretty quickly.”

The owner of the aircraft, who was not identified, had been relocating the aircraft on the field when the crash occurred.

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