NTSB Identification: ANC97LA032.
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Accident occurred Saturday, March 08, 1997 in WILLOW, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/04/1998
Aircraft: Cessna 170A, registration: N1364D
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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The pilot and passenger were departing a frozen lake in the ski-equipped airplane. The pilot reported he was taxiing at an excessive speed. Due to flat lighting conditions, the pilot did not see a frozen snow berm. The right landing gear ski crested the berm and then struck a second snow berm. The right main landing gear was torn from the airplane fuselage.

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

The pilot's excessive speed while taxiing. A factor in the accident was flat light conditions.

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