NTSB Identification: DEN89LA055.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38337.
Accident occurred Wednesday, January 04, 1989 in LONGMONT, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/22/1991
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N96319
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 STUDENT PLT LANDED ON RWY 29 (4200 X 60 FT) IN CALM WIND CONDITIONS. HE STATED THAT DURING THE LANDING, THE ACFT VEERED TO THE LEFT, ENCOUNTERED A SNOWDRIFT & SUBSEQUENTLY NOSED OVER. ALSO, HE RPRTD THAT ABOUT 6 TO 8 FT OF THE RUNWAY WAS STILL COVERED WITH SNOW AT THE EDGES. HE BELIEVED THAT PLOWING THE FULL WIDTH OF THE RUNWAY MAY HAVE HELPED PREVENT THE ACCIDENT.

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

FAILURE OF THE STUDENT PILOT TO MAINTAIN PROPER RUNWAY ALIGNMENT DURING THE LANDING ROLL. FACTORS RELATED TO THE ACCIDENT WERE: SNOW ON THE EDGES OF THE RUNWAY, THE STUDENT'S LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE, AND THE SNOWBANK.

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