Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA22
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: Minor
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Anchorage FSDO-03
AIRCRAFT FORCE LANDED 50 MILES FROM TALKEETNA, NEAR CHRISTIANSEN LAKE, ALASKA
CHRISTIANSON LAKE RENTALS & MAINTENANCE LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N7347D
An Anchorage pilot practicing “touch and goes” experienced engine problems that forced him to land on a hillside, injuring a passenger, according to a release from Alaska State Troopers.
At 7:10 p.m. on Sunday, AST say they were informed about the crash that happened a few hours earlier. The release from troopers states the crash occurred about 50 miles north of Talkeetna.
Alaska State Troopers stated 33-year-old Trevor Jones was piloting the 1957 Piper PA-22-150 aircraft around 5 p.m., practicing “touch and goes” before experiencing engine problems. The maneuver is common when learning to fly a fixed-wing aircraft and involves landing on a runway and taking off again without coming to a full stop, flying a pre-planned pattern and repeating the process.
Jones was forced to land on a sloped portion of a hillside, according to Alaska State Troopers, and sustained significant damage to the plane, which was left on scene. Jones did not report any injuries, however AST stated a passenger was taken to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center in Palmer for injuries that were not life-threatening.
Alaska State Troopers said the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration have been advised of the incident.
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