NTSB Identification: CHI96LA106.
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Accident occurred Thursday, March 14, 1996 in TOFTE, MN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/11/1996
Aircraft: Cessna 172E, registration: N3898S
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 at an airport which is 'closed indefinitely' for repairs. The runway was covered with snow. During the landing roll the nose wheel contacted deep snow and the airplane nosed over. The airport had been closed since 1993 and according to the airport owner will remain closed for two to three more years. The airport was listed as closed in the Airport Facility Directory which was not checked by the pilot. It is shown as an open airport on the most current sectional chart. According to the FAA, only airports which are listed as 'abandoned' or 'closed permanently' are removed from the sectional charts.

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

the pilot's failure to perform adequate preflight planning which resulted in landing at a closed airport. The snow covered runway was a factor.

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