NTSB Identification: ANC97LA018.
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Accident occurred Saturday, January 11, 1997 in SKWENTNA, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/21/1998
Aircraft: Cessna 182, registration: N8591T
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 and a passenger were landing on a remote, snow covered airstrip at the conclusion of a cross-country flight. The landing strip had been graded in the past, but had recently received several inches of snow. During the landing roll toward the north, the airplane rapidly decelerated, the nose gear collapsed, and the airplane then 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 (terrain) for landing. A factor relating to the accident was: excessive snow cover on the airstrip.

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