GENERAL INFORMATION FOR NTSB REPORT: ANC00LA049
Data Source NTSB AVIATION ACCIDENT/INCIDENT DATABASE
NTSB Report Nbr ANC00LA049
Event Id 20001212X20754
Local Date 04/22/2000
Local Time 1730
State AK
Airport Name MC CARTHY
Event Type ACCIDENT
Injury Severity NONE
Record Status
Mid Air Collision NO
Event Location ON AIRPORT/AIRSTRIP

WEATHER INFORMATION
Weather Briefing Complete UNKNOWN
Basic Weather Conditions VISUAL METEOROLOGICAL COND
Light Condition DAY
Cloud Condition UNKNOWN
Cloud Height above Ground Level (ft) 0
Ceiling Height above Ground Level (ft) 5000
Cloud Type OVERCAST
Visibility RVR (ft) 0
Visibility RVV (sm) 0
Visibility (sm) 20
Wind Direction (deg) 180
Wind Condition Flag U
Wind Speed (knots) 20
Wind Condition Indicated Unknown

AIRCRAFT INFORMATION
Aircraft 1
Type of Operation PART 91: GENERAL AVIATION
Registration Number N1200A
Aircraft Make PIPER
Aircraft Model PA18
Aircraft Series UNDESIGNATED SERIES
Aircraft Damage SUBSTANTIAL
Aircraft Fire NONE
Aircraft Explosion NONE
Aircraft Type AIRPLANE
Aircraft Homebuilt UNKNOWN
Phase of Flight TAXI
Aircraft Use PERSONAL
Flight Plan Filed VFR
Operator Name WRANGELL MOUNTAIN AIR INC
Operator Doing Business As
Owner Name WRANGEL MOUNTAIN AIR
Number of Seats 3
Number of Engines 1
ELT Installed YES
ELT Operated NO
Departure Airport Id MRI
Departure City ANCHORAGE
Departure State ALASKA
Last Departure Point NO
Destination Local CRASH AT DESTINATION CITY
Destination Airport Id
Destination City
Runway Id 1
Runway Length 3500
Runway Width 60
Air Carrier Operating Certificates YES
Air Carrier Other Operating Certificates UNKNOWN
Rotocraft/Agriculture Operating Certificate UNKNOWN
Cert Max Gross Wgt 1750

ENGINE INFORMATION

Aircraft 1 - Engine : #1
Engine Manufactuer Lycoming
Engine Model O-320B2B
Engine Horsepower 160
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 0 0 2
Sequence of Events for Aircraft 1
Occurrence #1
ON GROUND/WATER ENCOUNTER WITH WEATHER
Phase of Operation: TAXI - FROM LANDING

Events Sequence for Occurrence #1 of Aircraft 1
Event Seq # Event Group Code Subject Modifier Personnel Cause/Factor
1 1 WEATHER CONDITION GUSTS FACTOR

Occurrence #2
NOSE OVER
Phase of Operation: TAXI - FROM LANDING

Events Sequence for Occurrence #2 of Aircraft 1
Event Seq # Event Group Code Subject Modifier Personnel Cause/Factor
2 2 COMPENSATION FOR WIND CONDITIONS INADEQUATE PILOT IN COMMAND CAUSE




AIRCRAFT 1 PRELIMINARY REPORT


On April 22, 2000, about 1730 Alaska daylight time, a tailwheel equipped Piper PA-18 airplane, N1200A, sustained substantial damage while taxiing after landing at the McCarthy Number 2 Airport (North latitude 61 degrees, 26 minutes; West longitude 142 degrees, 54 minutes), McCarthy, Alaska. The commercial pilot and the sole passenger were not injured. The 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight originated at Merrill Field, Anchorage, Alaska, about 1330, and the destination was McCarthy. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a company flight plan was filed. The airplane was owned and operated by Wrangell Mountain Air, Inc., Glennallen, Alaska. The owner of the company reported the accident to the NTSB on April 25, 2000. He related his wife was the pilot, and that she and their daughter were returning from Anchorage. After landing at McCarthy, he said his wife was looking for a place to park the airplane, and had initiated a sharp turn toward the ramp, when a gust of wind turned the airplane inverted. The owner said the wind at the time of the accident was from the south at 20 knots, gusting to 30 knots. An unsigned NTSB Pilot/Operator Aircraft Accident Report received by the NTSB investigator-in-charge on May 12, contained essentially the same information as given by the company owner.

AIRCRAFT 1 FINAL REPORT


The pilot reported she landed her tailwheel airplane in gusty wind conditions. After landing, while turning the airplane in search of a parking site, she said a gust of wind picked the tail of the airplane off the ground, and the airplane nosed over.

AIRCRAFT 1 CAUSE REPORT


The pilot's inadequate compensation for the gusty wind conditions. A factor associated with the accident was the wind gusts.


END REPORT