NTSB Identification: ANC85LA055.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27773.
Accident occurred Tuesday, March 12, 1985 in CIRCLE, AK
Aircraft: CESSNA 170B, registration: N2859C
Injuries: 4 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 TOOK OFF AT NIGHT FROM A SNOW COVERED RWY WITH NO RWY LIGHTS. HE REPORTED THAT AFTER THE ACFT LIFTED OFF, HE LOST VISUAL REFERENCES DUE TO THE DARKNESS. SHORTLY AFTER THAT, THE ACFT SETTLED INTO ALDERS, WILLOW BRUSH & DEEP SNOW & WAS SUBSTANTIALLY DAMAGED BEFORE COMING TO REST. REPORTEDLY, THERE WERE NO LIGHTS OR VISUAL REFERENCES BEYOND THE END OF THE RWY.

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

PROPER CLIMB RATE..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

AIRPORT FACILITIES,RUNWAY EDGE LIGHTS..UNAVAILABLE


Contributing Factors

VISUAL/AURAL PERCEPTION..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH VEGETATION


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOW COVERED

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