Aviation Accident Summaries

Aviation Accident Summary ANC21LA072

Rohn, AK, USA

Aircraft #1


PIPER PA-18-150


According to the pilot, during the takeoff roll on a rough ridge, the airplane “pulled” to the left, therefore he corrected the turn with right rudder. While applying the right rudder, the airplane struck a large hole, which resulted in his hunting boot becoming jammed in the rudder pedal. The pilot reduced engine power, and the airplane continued to turn 180° to the right. While in the turn, the left main landing gear collapsed, which resulted in substantial damage to the left wing and left elevator. The pilot reported no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during the takeoff roll.


Source: NTSB Aviation Accident Database

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