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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 199013
Last updated: 8 November 2019
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Date:09-JAN-2017
Time:16:00
Type:Christen A-1
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N9598Z
C/n / msn: 1102
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Milton-Freewater, OR -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Nature:Private
Departure airport:College Place, WA (S95)
Destination airport:Milton-Freewater, OR
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
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.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20170111X50750&key=1


Revision history:

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