Sunday, September 26, 2021

Piper PA-14, N4276H: Accident occurred September 22, 2021 in Chickaloon, 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

Kingdom Air Corps

Location: Chickaloon, Alaska
Accident Number: ANC21LA096
Date and Time: September 22, 2021, 19:26 Local 
Registration: N4276H
Aircraft: Piper PA-14 
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On September 22, 2021, about 1926 Alaska daylight time, a Piper PA-14 airplane, N4276H, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Chickaloon, Alaska. Of the two occupants onboard, the first pilot sustained minor injuries, and the second pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to the first pilot, the accident flight was the first flight after completing an annual inspection of the airplane. The first pilot, who was flying the airplane at the time of the accident, did not possess a current Federal Aviation Administration medical certificate, and the second pilot onboard was acting as pilot-in-command.

The first pilot reported that before departure, a “thorough” preflight inspection was completed, and an engine run-up was done with no anomalies noted. He said that the takeoff was uneventful until, immediately after lifting off, the engine lost power, regained power momentarily, and then all engine power was lost. Insufficient runway remained to land. The airplane landed in an area of tree and brushcovered terrain off the end of the runway and nosed over.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage, wings, wing lift struts, and rudder. An NTSB postrecovery examination of the engine and airframe fuel system did not reveal any anomalies consistent with a loss of engine power.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N4276H
Model/Series: PA-14 
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: PAQ,249 ft msl 
Observation Time: 19:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 24 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 6°C /-5°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Wind
Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / 0 knots, 20°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 9500 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.83 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Sutton, AK (AK59)
Destination: Chickaloon, 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: 61.791111,-148.35166 


  1. turf Runway 6/24 Dimensions: 1800 x 100 ft. / 549 x 30 m

  2. Photos of N4276H at Kings Ranch. Had floats on it in 2018. Hope it gets put back in order, is a beauty.


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