NTSB Identification: NYC87LA092.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 34416.
Accident occurred Saturday, February 21, 1987 in TUNKHANNOCK, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/25/1988
Aircraft: PIPER PA-22, registration: N3045Z
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 PLT WAS LNDG ON A GRASS RWY WITH AN ACCESS ROAD BORDERING THE APCH END. ACROSS THE ROAD FROM THE RWY THRESHOLD, THERE WAS A PILE OF SNOW WHICH PREVIOUSLY HAD BEEN PLOWED FROM THE RWY. IN REFERENCE TO LNDG AT NGT, THE PLT STATED, 'COMING IN ON FINAL, I NOTICED A SLIGHT GROUND FOG, BUT WHEN I SAW RUNWAY, THOUGHT I HAD BANK CLEARED.' HOWEVER, BEFOREREACHING THE RWY, THE ACFT STRUCK THE SNOWBANK. DURING THE OCCURRENCE, THE NOSE GEAR, PROP, LOWER FWD PART OF THE ACFT & LEFT WING TIP WERE DMGD.

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

DISTANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ALTITUDE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOWBANK


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..NIGHT


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG

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