Preliminary Accident Reports

November 2000 Issue

Aug. 5, Westhampton, N.Y. / Piper Super Cub

At about 10:00 eastern time, a Piper PA-18 was damaged while making an emergency landing at Gabreski Airport, but the pilot was not hurt. The flight departed the airport a few minutes earlier and returned to pick up a banner. The pilot said that, when he picked up the banner, the tow rope became entangled around the airplane’s rudder horn. The pilot returned to land, maintaining a steep descent angle in an attempt to land before the banner struck the ground. The airplane landed hard and the main gear collapsed....

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