GENERAL INFORMATION FOR NTSB REPORT: ANC00LA016
Data Source NTSB AVIATION ACCIDENT/INCIDENT DATABASE
NTSB Report Nbr ANC00LA016
Event Id 20001212X20185
Local Date 12/05/1999
Local Time 1530
State AK
Event Type ACCIDENT
Injury Severity SERIOUS
Record Status
Mid Air Collision NO
Event Location ON AIRPORT/AIRSTRIP

WEATHER INFORMATION
Weather Briefing Complete NOT PERTINENT
Basic Weather Conditions VISUAL METEOROLOGICAL COND
Light Condition DAY
Cloud Condition CLEAR
Cloud Height above Ground Level (ft) 0
Ceiling Height above Ground Level (ft) 0
Cloud Type NONE
Visibility RVR (ft) 0
Visibility RVV (sm) 0
Visibility (sm) 10
Wind Direction (deg) 0
Wind Condition Flag U
Wind Speed (knots) 0
Wind Condition Indicated Calm

AIRCRAFT INFORMATION
Aircraft 1
Type of Operation PART 91: GENERAL AVIATION
Registration Number N3719T
Aircraft Make TAYLORCRAFT
Aircraft Model 19
Aircraft Series NO SERIES EXISTS
Aircraft Damage SUBSTANTIAL
Aircraft Fire NONE
Aircraft Explosion NONE
Aircraft Type AIRPLANE
Aircraft Homebuilt UNKNOWN
Phase of Flight TAKEOFF
Aircraft Use PERSONAL
Flight Plan Filed NONE
Operator Name
Operator Doing Business As
Owner Name JAMES W. DAWSON
Number of Seats 2
Number of Engines 1
ELT Installed YES
ELT Operated YES
Departure Airport Id LHD
Departure City ANCHORAGE
Departure State ALASKA
Last Departure Point NO
Destination Local DEST & DEPARTURE SAME, ACCIDENT CAN OCCUR ANYWHERE
Destination Airport Id
Destination City
Runway Id 27
Runway Length 850
Runway Width 50
Air Carrier Operating Certificates NO
Air Carrier Other Operating Certificates UNKNOWN
Rotocraft/Agriculture Operating Certificate UNKNOWN
Cert Max Gross Wgt 1500

ENGINE INFORMATION

Aircraft 1 - Engine : #1
Engine Manufactuer Continental
Engine Model O-200-A
Engine Horsepower 100
Engine Thrust HP
Carb/Injection CARBURETOR

INJURY INFORMATION
Injury Summary for Aircraft 1
Fatal Serious Minor None
Crew 0 0 0 0
Pass 0 0 0 0
Total 0 1 1 0
Sequence of Events for Aircraft 1
Occurrence #1
IN FLIGHT COLLISION WITH OBJECT
Phase of Operation: TAKEOFF - INITIAL CLIMB

Events Sequence for Occurrence #1 of Aircraft 1
Event Seq # Event Group Code Subject Modifier Personnel Cause/Factor
1 1 TERRAIN CONDITION SNOW COVERED FACTOR
2 1 OBJECT TREE(S) FACTOR
3 2 UNSUITABLE TERRAIN OR TAKEOFF/LANDING/TAXI AREA SELECTED PILOT IN COMMAND CAUSE




AIRCRAFT 1 PRELIMINARY REPORT


On December 5, 1999, about 1530 Alaska standard time, a ski equipped Taylorcraft F-19 airplane, N3719T, sustained substantial damage during takeoff from a remote airstrip, about 18 miles southwest of Skwentna, Alaska, at 61 degrees 40 minutes north latitude, 151 degrees 23 minutes west longitude. The airplane was being operated as a visual flight rules (VFR) personal flight under Title 14, CFR Part 91, when the accident occurred. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot. The certificated private pilot received serious injuries, and the sole passenger aboard received minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from Lake Hood, Anchorage, Alaska, about 1415. The pilot submitted a written report to the NTSB dated December 19. In his written report, the pilot indicated that he was attempting to do a touch-and-go landing on a snow-covered airstrip, before continuing on to his destination. He stated that just after touchdown, he realized that the snow was deeper than anticipated, and he applied full power. He wrote: "On takeoff, with soft snow creating additional drag, I had trouble attaining a comfortable takeoff speed. After lift-off, my ski hit a spruce tree, and I stalled." The airplane nosed over, and sustained substantial damage to the wings, fuselage, and rudder. The pilot noted that there were no preaccident mechanical anomalies with the airplane.

AIRCRAFT 1 FINAL REPORT


The certificated private pilot was attempting to do a touch-and-go landing on a snow-covered airstrip. He stated that just after touchdown, he realized that the snow was deeper than anticipated, and he applied full power. In his written report to the NTSB, the pilot wrote: 'On takeoff, with soft snow creating additional drag, I had trouble attaining a comfortable takeoff speed. After lift-off, my ski hit a spruce tree, and I stalled.' The airplane nosed over, and sustained substantial damage to the wings, fuselage, and rudder. The pilot noted that there were no preaccident mechanical anomalies with the airplane.

AIRCRAFT 1 CAUSE REPORT


The pilot's selection of an unsuitable landing/takeoff area. Factors associated with the accident were snow-covered terrain, and a tree.


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