NTSB Identification: ANC96LA090.
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Accident occurred Monday, June 17, 1996 in FAIRBANKS, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/18/1997
Aircraft: Cessna 170B, registration: N2848C
Injuries: 2 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 landing on a 2,000-foot long private airstrip. A witness reported that the airplane landed on the last 1/3 of the runway. From the initial touchdown point, the airplane rolled 140 feet, and then heavy braking/skid marks were noted on the runway. The airplane traveled another 460 feet to the point of rest off the left side of the runway. The pilot indicated that during the landing roll, he encountered rough runway conditions which remained from recent maintenance. When the airplane was on a smoother and harder surface, the pilot applied the brakes and the airplane ground looped to the left. The right main landing gear was folded aft at the gear leg attach point to the fuselage. The airplane also received damage to the inboard end of the right wing aft spar and right wing tip. The airport/facility directory states that the turf/gravel runway surface is muddy and washed, 6 to 12 inches deep, and is not maintained.

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

The pilot's selection of unsuitable terrain for landing and the failure to maintain directional control of the airplane. A factor in the accident was an airstrip that was rough and uneven.

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