Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Piper PA-18 Super Cub, N1264A: Accident occurred August 09, 2021 in Talkeetna, 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: Talkeetna, Alaska
Accident Number: ANC21LA075
Date and Time: August 9, 2021, 20:30 Local
Registration: N1264A
Aircraft: Piper PA-18 
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On August 9, 2021, about 2030 Alaska daylight time, a Piper PA-18 airplane, N1264A, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Talkeetna, Alaska. The pilot and one passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that during takeoff from a private, gravel-covered airstrip, the control stick “jammed” as the airplane climbed to 10 or 15 ft. above ground level. The pilot noted that she was unable to move the control stick forward and aft, as well as left to right. In an attempt to regain elevator and aileron control, she asked her husband, seated in the aft seat to assist using the dual control stick. Unable to move the control stick to regain control, she said the airplane veered slightly to the left and she elected to close the engine throttle and attempt an emergency landing. Subsequently, the airplane landed in an area of tree-covered terrain, sustaining substantial damage to the wings, fuselage, and empennage.

On August 17, the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge, along with a Federal Aviation Administration air safety investigator examined the airplane wreckage. No preaccident mechanical anomalies were found that would have precluded normal operations, and control continuity was established. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N1264A
Model/Series: PA-18 160
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
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:
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site: 
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 5000 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 5000 ft AGL
Visibility: 20 miles
Altimeter Setting: 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Talkeetna, AK 
Destination: Wasilla, AK (4AK6)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 62.635386,-149.06035 

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