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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 198763
Last updated: 5 June 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA22 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-22-160
Registration: N72999
C/n / msn: 22-6507
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Ruby, AK -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Fairbanks, AK (FAI)
Destination airport:Ruby, AK
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot of the tailwheel, ski-equipped airplane reported that, while landing off airport in flat light conditions, he was unable to maintain a good visual reference of the hardpacked snowcovered landing area. After touchdown, the airplane drifted off the hardpacked snow, and the left ski sunk in softer snow. He increased power and attempted to recover with “hard right control” to no avail. The airplane’s left ski struck a snow-covered tank.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left-wing lift strut.
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control while landing in flat light conditions on a hard-packed snow-covered landing area.



Revision history:

19-Aug-2017 15:00 ASN Update Bot Added

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