Aviation Accident Summaries

Aviation Accident Summary ANC22LA029

Beluga, AK, USA

Aircraft #1


PIPER PA-18-150


The pilot reported that while landing off-airport on snow-covered mountainous terrain, the ski-equipped airplane touched down fast, and he was unable to make a left turn prior to the airplane impacting a “gully”. Subsequently, the airplane impacted the opposite side of the gully, both landing gear collapsed, and the left wing impacted the terrain and sustained substantial damage. 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 excessive touchdown speed, which resulted in a long landing and impact with terrain.


Source: NTSB Aviation Accident Database

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