Aircraft: Piper Super Cub. Injuries: None. Location: Cordova, Alaska. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot was departing from a tidal beach in the tailwheel airplane. During the takeoff roll into the sun he lost visual references and allowed the airplane to drift to the right.
The right wingtip collided with some brush, forcing the airplane to ground loop.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings and the left horizontal stabilizer.
Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain clearance from terrain during takeoff.
NTSB Identification: ANC13CA006
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