The pilot was taking off from a sloping beach in Kenai, Alaska, in his tailwheel-equipped Piper PA-18A-150. He noted that the tide had come in, narrowing his takeoff path.
During the takeoff roll, the right main landing gear tire hit an object on the beach, the plane pivoted to the left, and the left wing struck a group of alders.
The airplane ground looped, sustaining substantial damage to the right wing and horizontal stabilizer.
The NTSB determined the probable cause as the pilot’s loss of directional control during takeoff, resulting in a collision with terrain and ground loop.
NTSB Identification: ANC14CA023
This April 2014 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.