NTSB Identification: BFO93LA043.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 48181.
Accident occurred Saturday, February 27, 1993 in KNOXVILLE, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/13/1993
Aircraft: CESSNA 150, registration: N8958S
Injuries: 1 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 REPORTED THAT HE PLOWED ABOUT A 10 FOOT WIDE STRIP DOWN THE RUNWAY WHICH WAS SNOW COVERED. HE STATED DURING THE TAKEOFF GROUND RUN, THE LEFT WHEEL ENCOUNTERED SOME CRUSTY SNOW CAUSING THE AIRPLANE TO PULL TO THE LEFT INTO DEEPER SNOW. THE NOSE WHEEL COLLAPSED AND THE AIRPLANE NOSED DOWN CAUSING SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE TO THE LEFT WING. THE PILOT STATED IN THE SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS SECTION OF HIS REPORT, '...SHOULD HAVE PLOWED STRIP WIDER. SNOW WAS CRUSTY...WITH CONSIDERABLE DRAG.'

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

THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO MAINTAIN DIRECTIONAL CONTROL. CONTRIBUTING TO THE ACCIDENT WAS THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO PLOW THE RUNWAY ADEQUATELY.

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