Accident Christen A-1 Husky N9598Z,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 199013
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Date:Monday 9 January 2017
Type:Silhouette image of generic HUSK model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Christen A-1 Husky
Registration: N9598Z
MSN: 1102
Year of manufacture:1989
Total airframe hrs:1510 hours
Engine model:Lycoming O-360-C1G
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Milton-Freewater, OR -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:College Place, WA (S95)
Destination airport:Milton-Freewater, OR
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, while en route, the engine had “slight roughness,” so he decided to land in an open snow-covered field on top of a hill to troubleshoot the issue. The pilot further reported that he resolved the engine issue on the ground and decided to take off downhill with a tailwind. During the takeoff roll, the pilot reported that he “noticed [wind] gust on the tail,” the main landing gear were “sucked down” in a 1-ft-deep snow drift, and the airplane nosed over.
The left wing, fuselage, and vertical stabilizer sustained substantial damage.
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The pilot's decision to take off from unsuitable terrain with a tailwind, which resulted in a nose-over.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: GAA17CA110
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report




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