NTSB Identification: ATL88IA096.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36519.
Incident occurred Sunday, February 21, 1988 in ELYRIA, OH
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/25/1990
Aircraft: PIPER PA-23-250, registration: N5740Y
Injuries: 4 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various sources and may not have traveled in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft incident report.

THE PLT WAS MAKING A VISUAL APPCH TO RWY 27 AT ELYRIA,OH. THE FAA INSPECTOR VISITING THE SITE OF THE OCCURRENCE REPORTED THAT HE FOUND A SNOWBANK 2 1/2 FEET HIGH AT THE LANDING THRESHOLD. HE ALSO FOUND AIRCRAFT TRACKS THROUGH THE SNOWBANK. THE AIRCRAFT COLLIDED WITH THE SNOWBANK AT THE THRESHOLD COLLAPSING THE NOSE AND LEFT MAIN LANDING GEAR. THE AIRCRAFT SLID OFF THE LEFT SIDE OF THE RUNWAY. AIRCRAFT DAMAGE WAS ASSESSED AS MINOR AND THERE WERE NO REPORTED INJURIES.

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

PROPER ALTITUDE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOWBANK


Contributing Factors

AIRPORT SNOW REMOVAL..INADEQUATE..AIRPORT PERSONNEL

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