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. According to the pilot, there were no anomalies associated with the airplanes flight control systems. The top of the rudder and one lift strut were bent.


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