NTSB Identification: DEN89LA065.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38483.
Accident occurred Thursday, January 19, 1989 in MEDICINE LAKE, MT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/31/1991
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18-150, registration: N83596
Injuries: 2 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 COMMERCIAL PLT AND A FRIEND LANDED IN A SNOW COVERED FIELD DURING A PERSONAL TRANSPORTATION FLT. THE LEFT SKI STRUCK COMPACTED SNOW DRIFTS AND THE LEFT AXLE BROKE. WITH THE LEFT SKI GONE, THE LANDING GEAR DUG INTO THE SNOW AND THE ACFT NOSED DOWN.

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

SELECTION OF UNSUITABLE TERRAIN BY THE PILOT, RESULTING IN A COLLISION WITH SNOWDRIFTS DURING LANDING GROUND RUN.

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