NTSB Identification: DEN88LA066.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35535.
Accident occurred Wednesday, February 10, 1988 in CODY, WY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/30/1989
Aircraft: PIPER J3C, registration: N7468
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.

DURING AN ATTEMPTED LANDING AT A PRIVATE AIRSTRIP WHICH WAS COVERED BY 5-6 INCHES OF DRY POWDERED SNOW, THE ACFT TOUCHED DOWN. IT PITCHED FORWARD AND NOSED OVER. AFTER THE ACFT CAME TO REST, THE PILOT GOT OUT OF THE ACFT, EXAMINED THE LANDING GEAR, AND DISCOVERED THE LANDING WHEELS WERE FROZEN PREVENTING THE WHEELS FROM ROTATING. THE WHEELS HAD FROZEN DURING FLT WITH AN ACCUMULATION OF ICE AND SNOW. PRIOR TO THE FLT THE PLT HAD TAXIIED IN SNOW 6-8 INCHES IN DEPTH, ACCORDING TO THE PLT. DURING THE BEFORE TAKEOFF TAXIING IN SNOW THE PLT SAID HE USED THE BRAKES.

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

LANDING GEAR,WHEEL..FROZEN

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

LANDING GEAR,WHEEL..MOVEMENT RESTRICTED


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOW COVERED

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