Aviation Accident Summaries

Aviation Accident Summary ANC21LA084

Gustavus, AK, USA

Aircraft #1


PIPER PA-18-150


The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that he was landing off-airport, on a sloped tidal beach, with a crosswind. During the landing the airplane veered left, and he attempted to correct to no avail. Subsequently, the right main landing gear collapsed, and the airplane came to rest about 90° to the left of the intended landing path. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing. The pilot reported no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during an off-airport beach landing.


Source: NTSB Aviation Accident Database

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