Accident Piper PA-18-150 N7780Y, Friday 4 January 2013
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Date:Friday 4 January 2013
Time:12:15 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-18-150
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N7780Y
MSN: 18-7886
Year of manufacture:1962
Total airframe hrs:11000 hours
Engine model:Lycoming O-320 SERIES
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Palmer, Alaska -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Palmer, AK (AK63)
Destination airport:Palmer, AK (AK63)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
The pilot departed from a private airstrip in a wheel/ski-equipped airplane on a local area flight. During the flight, he elected to land on an ice-covered, frozen lake, and, due to the bare ice conditions, he elected to land in a wheel configuration instead of ski configuration. During the landing roll, as the airplane slowed, the left tire broke through a layer of thin ice atop several inches of water, and the airplane veered left. The pilot applied engine power in an attempt to correct the veer, but the airplane subsequently ground-looped to the left, sustaining substantial damage to the empennage and fuselage. The pilot reported no preaccident malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The pilot's selection of unsuitable terrain for an off-airport landing, which resulted in a ground-loop.

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: ANC13CA019
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 months
Download report: Final report

Sources:

NTSB ANC13CA019

Location

Revision history:

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