NTSB Identification: ATL85LA094.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27475.
Accident occurred Saturday, February 09, 1985 in LOUISVILLE, KY
Aircraft: CHAMPION 7FC, registration: N7507E
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 DEPARTED FROM A SNOW COVERED RWY & PROCEEDED ON A SOLO X-COUNTRY. WHEN HE RETURNED, THE NOSEWHEEL BROKE THRU THE SNOW CRUSTED SURFACE & COLLAPSED, THEN THE ACFT NOSED OVER. THE PLT SAID THERE WERE RUTS ON THE RWY FROM OTHER ACFT WHICH CAUSED HIS PLANE TO SWERVE LEFT. THE NOSE STRUT, PN 3-1055, FAILED ABOVE THE NOSEWHEEL IN THE AREA OF THE OLEO EXTENSION. PART OF THE FRACTURE AREA WAS RUSTED.

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

UNSUITABLE TERRAIN OR TAKEOFF/LANDING/TAXI AREA..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

SUPERVISION..INADEQUATE..FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR(ON GROUND)


Contributing Factors

AIRPORT FACILITIES,RUNWAY/LANDING AREA CONDITION..SNOW COVERED


Contributing Factors

AIRPORT FACILITIES,RUNWAY/LANDING AREA CONDITION..ICY


Contributing Factors

AIRPORT FACILITIES,RUNWAY/LANDING AREA CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN


Contributing Factors

LANDING GEAR,NOSE GEAR ASSEMBLY..FATIGUE

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