GENERAL INFORMATION FOR NTSB REPORT: ANC00LA095
Data Source NTSB AVIATION ACCIDENT/INCIDENT DATABASE
NTSB Report Nbr ANC00LA095
Event Id 20001212X21628
Local Date 08/05/2000
Local Time 1030
State AK
Event Type ACCIDENT
Injury Severity NONE
Record Status
Mid Air Collision NO
Event Location OFF AIRPORT/AIRSTRIP

WEATHER INFORMATION
Weather Briefing Complete UNKNOWN
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) 50
Wind Direction (deg) 225
Wind Condition Flag U
Wind Speed (knots) 8
Wind Condition Indicated Unknown

AIRCRAFT INFORMATION
Aircraft 1
Type of Operation PART 91: GENERAL AVIATION
Registration Number N2796M
Aircraft Make PIPER
Aircraft Model PA12
Aircraft Series NO SERIES EXISTS
Aircraft Damage SUBSTANTIAL
Aircraft Fire NONE
Aircraft Explosion NONE
Aircraft Type AIRPLANE
Aircraft Homebuilt UNKNOWN
Phase of Flight LANDING
Aircraft Use PERSONAL
Flight Plan Filed NONE
Operator Name
Operator Doing Business As
Owner Name RICHARD MILLAR
Number of Seats 3
Number of Engines 1
ELT Installed YES
ELT Operated YES
Departure Airport Id Z41
Departure City
Departure State ALASKA
Last Departure Point YES
Destination Local DEST & DEPARTURE SAME, ACCIDENT CAN OCCUR ANYWHERE
Destination Airport Id
Destination City
Runway Id 0
Air Carrier Operating Certificates NO
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-320-A2B
Engine Horsepower 150
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
IN FLIGHT COLLISION WITH TERRAIN/WATER
Phase of Operation: LANDING - FLARE/TOUCHDOWN

Events Sequence for Occurrence #1 of Aircraft 1
Event Seq # Event Group Code Subject Modifier Personnel Cause/Factor
1 1 TERRAIN CONDITION HIGH VEGETATION FACTOR
2 2 UNSUITABLE TERRAIN OR TAKEOFF/LANDING/TAXI AREA SELECTED PILOT IN COMMAND CAUSE

Occurrence #2
NOSE OVER
Phase of Operation: LANDING - FLARE/TOUCHDOWN

Events Sequence for Occurrence #2 of Aircraft 1
Event Seq # Event Group Code Subject Modifier Personnel Cause/Factor




AIRCRAFT 1 PRELIMINARY REPORT


On August 5, 2000, about 1030 Alaska daylight time, a tundra tire equipped Piper PA-12 airplane, N2796M, sustained substantial damage while landing on a road, about 25 miles west of Anchorage, Alaska, about latitude 61 degrees, 20 minutes north, and longitude 150 degrees, 45 minutes west. The airplane was being operated as a visual flight rules (VFR) local area personal flight, when the accident occurred. The airplane was operated by the pilot. The private certificated pilot, and the sole passenger, were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed. The flight originated at the Lake Hood Strip, Anchorage, about 0945. During a telephone conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge (IIC), on August 5, 2000, the pilot reported he was landing near the Theodore River to go fishing. He said he decided to land on a road, adjacent to power lines. He said he was landing toward the south, and the wind was from the southwest about 8 knots. During the landing approach, he reduced engine power to begin the landing flare, and the left wing struck some high brush. The airplane pivoted to the left, and the tailwheel also struck the brush. The airplane then nosed over. The airplane received damage to the wings, wing lift struts, the tailwheel, and fuselage.

AIRCRAFT 1 FINAL REPORT


The private certificated pilot was landing on a road adjacent to power lines. During the landing approach, he reduced engine power to begin the landing flare, and the left wing struck some high brush along the edge of the road. The airplane pivoted to the left, and the tailwheel also struck the brush. The airplane then nosed over. The airplane received damage to the wings, wing lift struts, the tailwheel, and fuselage.

AIRCRAFT 1 CAUSE REPORT


The pilots selection of unsuitable terrain for landing. A factor was high brush along side the landing area.


END REPORT