Preliminary Accident Reports

January 2011 Issue

November 3, 2010, Carnation, Wash., Piper PA-18-150

The pilot decided to make a practice landing on a gravel bar near the middle of a river. While on short final, the airplane encountered a downdraft and its main landing gear tires touched the surface of the water, flipping over onto its back and coming to rest on the gravel bar.

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