NTSB Identification: ANC96LA036.
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Accident occurred Friday, March 22, 1996 in CHUGIAK, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/25/1996
Aircraft: Bellanca 7ECA, registration: N5169X
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 landed his wheel-equipped airplane on a snow covered portion of taxiway that had been designated for ski-equipped airplanes. The pilot said he elected to land there instead of on the adjoining runway because the runway had patches of ice interspersed with clear pavement. The airplane landed without incident. While still on the ski strip and taxiing to parking, the tailwheel started to dig into the snow. The pilot said he applied additional power to lift the tailwheel free from the snow and increase his taxi speed. The airplane's left main landing gear wheel subsequently dug into to soft snow, and the airplane nosed over.

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

the pilot's selection of an unsuitable area for landing.

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