NTSB Identification: NYC94LA047.
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Accident occurred Monday, January 10, 1994 in FINDLEY LAKE, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/14/1995
Aircraft: AERONCA 65-TL, registration: N29404
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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THE STUDENT PILOT DEPARTED FROM HIS FARM FIELD IN HIS 1940, WOODEN SNOW-SKI EQUIPPED AIRPLANE. HIS DESTINATION WAS A FROZEN LAKE TO PRACTICE TAKE-OFFS AND LANDINGS. HE COMPLETED ONE TOUCH AND GO LANDING TO CHECK THE SNOW DEPTH. DURING HIS SECOND LANDING TO A FULL STOP THE LEFT GEAR COLLAPSED AND THE AIRPLANE SLID FOR ABOUT 40 FEET IN THE DEEP SNOW COVERED ICE. EXAMINATION OF THE AIRPLANE REVEALED THAT A WELD AT THE BASE OF THE LEFT LANDING GEAR FAILED.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

the failure of a weld at the base of the landing gear which resulted in the failure of the left snow-ski assembly.

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