March 26, 2014 – NTSB report indicates that the
1956 Piper PA-18A Super Cub, N4581A that crashed
just after takeoff out of Tatitna Airport,
Alaska killing its pilot back in August 2013,
was over its maximum takeoff weight.
On August 30, after a successful caribou hunt,
pilot Scott Muellerage, 58 and a passenger
departed a 1,200 foot long gravel runway at
Tatitna Airport for the Big Lake Airport, Big
Just after takeoff the 1956 Piper stalled just
above the treetops and crashed. Both the pilot
and passenger survived the initial crash.
However, the aircraft then caught fire the
passenger was able to get out but the pilot was
not able to get out in time.