NTSB Identification: ANC96LA033
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Wednesday, March 13, 1996 in CRIPPLE, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/25/1996
Aircraft: Cessna 185, registration: N93829
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot was carrying dog food supplies in support of the Iditarod Race. He flew to the checkpoint and was unable to find the landing area normally used due to a fresh snowfall. He elected to land on a ice covered slough. There was no snow on the slough. The pilot stated he bounced hard because there was no snow to cushion the touchdown. During the landing roll, the pilot could not stop the airplane on the ice and it slid into the scrub spruce trees at the end of the landing area. The pilot described the braking action as poor to nil.

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

the pilot's selection of an unsuitable landing area.

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