GENERAL INFORMATION FOR NTSB REPORT: ANC00LA100
Data Source NTSB AVIATION ACCIDENT/INCIDENT DATABASE
NTSB Report Nbr ANC00LA100
Event Id 20001212X21632
Local Date 08/14/2000
Local Time 1630
State AK
Event Type ACCIDENT
Injury Severity SERIOUS
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 UNKNOWN
Cloud Height above Ground Level (ft) 0
Ceiling Height above Ground Level (ft) 6000
Cloud Type OVERCAST
Visibility RVR (ft) 0
Visibility RVV (sm) 0
Visibility (sm) 10
Wind Direction (deg) 90
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 N82962
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 MANEUVERING
Aircraft Use BUSINESS
Flight Plan Filed COMPANY VFR
Operator Name JACQUES ADVENTURE COMPANY INC
Operator Doing Business As JACQUES ADVENTURE CO., INC.
Owner Name JACQUES ADVENTURE COMPANY, INC
Number of Seats 2
Number of Engines 1
ELT Installed YES
ELT Operated YES
Departure Airport Id
Departure City GRAVEL BAR
Departure State ALASKA
Last Departure Point NO
Destination Local CRASH AT DESTINATION CITY
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
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 1 0 0
Sequence of Events for Aircraft 1
Occurrence #1
IN FLIGHT ENCOUNTER WITH WEATHER
Phase of Operation: MANEUVERING - TURN TO REVERSE DIRECTION

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

Occurrence #2
LOSS OF CONTROL - IN FLIGHT
Phase of Operation: MANEUVERING - TURN TO REVERSE DIRECTION

Events Sequence for Occurrence #2 of Aircraft 1
Event Seq # Event Group Code Subject Modifier Personnel Cause/Factor
3 2 STALL INADVERTENT PILOT IN COMMAND CAUSE

Occurrence #3
IN FLIGHT COLLISION WITH TERRAIN/WATER
Phase of Operation: DESCENT - UNCONTROLLED

Events Sequence for Occurrence #3 of Aircraft 1
Event Seq # Event Group Code Subject Modifier Personnel Cause/Factor




AIRCRAFT 1 PRELIMINARY REPORT


On August 14, 2000, about 1630 Alaska daylight time, a tundra tire equipped Piper PA-18 airplane, N82962, sustained substantial damage when it collided with terrain while maneuvering to land at an off airport landing site at the headwaters of the Sheenjek River, about 70 miles northeast of Arctic Village, Alaska, at 68 degrees, 56.3 minutes north latitude, 143 degrees, 39.1 minutes west longitude. The solo commercial pilot received serious injuries. The flight was conducted under 14 CFR Part 91, in support of the owner's hunting guide service. The flight departed another hunting camp, about two miles south of the accident site, about five minutes prior to the accident. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and a company VFR flight plan was filed. According to the pilot of the rescue helicopter which picked up the injured pilot, a witness said the airplane made a low pass over the intended landing site about 25 feet above ground level, and then turned downwind. The witness indicated the airplane then dropped to the ground. The witness stated the winds alternated between light, and gusting to 25 knots. The helicopter pilot told the NTSB investigator-in-charge that the airplane's left wing was bent upward, both main landing gear were deformed aft into the aft cabin, and the empennage was twisted and bent to the right. He also stated the pilot was wearing a seatbelt, shoulder harness, and helmet, at the time of the accident. The pilot told the NTSB investigator-in-charge, during a telephone interview on September 18, and wrote in his NTSB Pilot/Operator report, that he flew low across the intended landing site, pulled up and began his turn to return to land. He said that some flags tied to brush alongside the landing site were blowing in wind, and others were hanging limp. He said that during his low pass the airplane encountered a large gain, then loss, of airspeed. He said that as he made his turn, the airplane quit flying and one wing dropped. He described lowering the nose to attempt to increase airspeed, then pulling up just prior to contacting the ground. The pilot stated that after the accident, dust devils were visible in the area. The NTSB IIC interviewed the airplane's owner via telephone on August 16. The owner, who overflew the accident site within five minutes, had similar observations of the wind conditions at the accident site. The pilot was wearing a helmet, and was restrained by both lap belt and shoulder harnesses. He sustained compressive fractures of the spine, but no head injuries. His helmet was split open, and the forward-left cockpit tube cluster and instrument panel were dented.

AIRCRAFT 1 FINAL REPORT


The pilot departed another hunting camp, about two miles south of the accident site, about five minutes prior to the accident. The pilot said that he flew low across the intended landing site, pulled up and began his turn to return to land. He said that some flags tied to brush alongside the landing site were blowing in wind, and others were hanging limp. He said that during his low pass the airplane encountered a large gain, then loss, of airspeed. He said that as he made his turn, the airplane quit flying and one wing dropped. He described lowering the nose to attempt to increase airspeed, then pulling up just prior to contacting the ground. According to the pilot and witnesses, after the accident, dust devils were visible in the area. The pilot was wearing a helmet, and was restrained by both lap belt and shoulder harnesses. He sustained compressive fractures of the spine, but no head injuries. His helmet was split open, and the forward-left cockpit tube cluster and instrument panel were dented.

AIRCRAFT 1 CAUSE REPORT


The pilot's inadequate compensation for wind conditions, resulting in an inadvertent stall. A factor in the accident was the gusty winds.


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