Preliminary Accident Reports

August 2000 Issue

May 19, Wasilla, Alaska / Piper Super Cruiser

At about 12:00 Alaska daylight time, a tundra tire-equipped Piper PA-12 sustained substantial damage during takeoff from a private airstrip. The pilot, who held a student pilot certificate, and passenger received minor injuries, while a second passenger was not injured. The pilot refused to talk to an FAA inspector and refused to provide his name or discuss the details of the accident with the NTSB investigator-in-charge. The accident was reported by the president of the homeowners’ association where the airstrip is located, who notified the Alaska State Trooper’s office and talked to the NTSB. The homeowners’ association president told the NTSB that the pilot reported encountering wind shea...

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