Preliminary Accident Reports

January 2010 Issue

November 1, 2009, Grangeville, Idaho, Piper PA-18-150

The pilot overflew the 800-foot long remote airstrip and observed the windsock hanging limp. About the time he reached the approach end of the uphill-sloping runway, the airplane encountered a strong tailwind gust, which pushed it "…too far up the strip to land." The pilot executed a go-around, but his decision was "too late," and he was unable to out-climb terrain.

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