NTSB Identification: SEA85LA099.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 27763.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Monday, April 29, 1985 in FUNTER PASS, AK
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32-300, registration: N2897X
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.

PRIOR TO THE FLT, THE PLT HAD OBTAINED A BRIEFING THRU THE COMPANY WEATHER REPORTING SYS & VFR WX HAD BEEN FORECAST. WHILE EN ROUTE, HE ENCOUNTERED SNOW SHOWERS IN THE AREA OF FUNTER PASS. HE REPORTED THAT HE BECAME TRAPPED BY TWO SNOW SHOWERS WITH THE VISIBILITY DROPPING TO ABOUT 1/4 MI. THE PLT ELECTED TO MAKE A PRECAUTIONARY ON UPSLOPING TERRAIN. DURING TOUCHDOWN, THE LEFT MAIN GEAR COLLAPSED & THE LEFT WING WAS DAMAGED.

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

VFR FLIGHT INTO IMC..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..MOUNTAINOUS/HILLY


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..SNOW


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..NONE SUITABLE



Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..ROUGH/UNEVEN

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