Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser, N2579M: Accident occurred August 27, 2021 in Nikolai, 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; Anchorage, Alaska

Location: Nikolai, AK
Accident Number: ANC21LA077
Date & Time: August 27, 2021, 19:30 Local 
Registration: N2579M
Aircraft: Piper PA-12
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N2579M
Model/Series: PA-12
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: On file
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: PAFS,414 ft msl 
Observation Time: 19:01 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 52 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 7°C /-1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 4900 ft AGL 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 300°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 6500 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.99 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Nikolai, AK
Destination: Nikolai, AK

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 63.01,-152.48 (est)


  1. Didn't crash due to a gust of wind. Crash due to pilot error.

    1. One hundred percent correct. It's really annoying how many pilots ruin perfectly good airplanes while landing and then say, "Oh, a sudden gust of wind..." Learn how to fly, you guys.