NTSB Identification: ANC96LA055.
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Accident occurred Saturday, April 13, 1996 in PAXSON, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/25/1996
Aircraft: Piper PA-11, registration: N4791M
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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The student pilot reported that he was landing on a snow covered, off-airport landing site to watch a winter sports competition. During the landing roll, the main landing gear skis broke through the soft snow and the airplane nosed over.

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

the student pilot's selection of an unsuitable off airport landing site. Factors associated with the accident were the soft and snow covered terrain.

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