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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 234662
Last updated: 3 July 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA14 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Wag-Aero Sportsman 2+2
Registration: N5045X
C/n / msn: 42
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Wasilla, AK -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Wasilla, AK (9AK6)
Destination airport:Skwentna, AK
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot reported that, during takeoff from an icy ski strip, there was a "light variable quartering tailwind from the south west." During the takeoff run, the ski- and tailwheel-equipped airplane veered left, and the pilot attempted to correct with opposite rudder. As the airplane became airborne, the left wing struck a tree, and the airplane "swung around" before coming to rest upright. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage, both wings, and the empennage.

Probable Cause: The pilot's loss of directional control during takeoff from an icy ski strip in gusting wind conditions, which resulted in the left wing impacting a tree.


FAA register: FAA:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

02-Apr-2020 08:25 Captain Adam Added
02-Apr-2020 17:51 RobertMB Updated [Time, Source]
03-Jul-2020 12:37 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Total occupants, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Accident report, ]
03-Jul-2020 12:51 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Source, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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