NTSB Identification: IAD98LA023.
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Scheduled 14 CFR (D.B.A. COMMUTAIR )
Accident occurred Tuesday, January 20, 1998 in SARANAC LAKE, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/22/2000
Aircraft: Beech 1900D, registration: N854CA
Injuries: 12 Uninjured.

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During the night landing on a snow covered runway, the twin-turboprop airplane drifted left into deeper snow, struck a snow bank and came to a stop. The flightcrew had been informed that the runway was cleared to its full width of 150 feet, with 1/4 inch of snow over patches of ice. Post-accident observation of the runway revealed that there were snow banks 2 to 4 feet high on both sides, and snow extended from both sides inward for about 20 feet, at a depth of 4 to 6 inches. A snow bank also extended out from a taxiway approximately 20 feet onto the runway.

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

The inadequate snow removal from the runway by airport personnel which left a snow bank extending onto the runway.

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