NTSB Identification: NYC86LA056.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 30544.
Accident occurred Sunday, December 29, 1985 in FRANKFORT, NY
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140, registration: N9949W
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 PLT DIVERTED TO FRANKFORT-HIGHLAND EN ROUTE FROM HIS ORIGINAL DESTINATION OF UTICA, NY, BECAUSE OF IFR WEATHER AT UTICA. THE PLT STATED THAT AS THE NOSE WHEEL SETTLED TO THE RWY DURING TOUCHDOWN, IT DUG INTO SNOW ON THE RWY AND THE ACFT NOSED OVER. IT WAS LATER DISCOVERED THE RWY WAS COVERED WITH 1 1/2 FEET OF SNOW AT THE POINT WHERE TOUCHDOWN WAS ACCOMPLISHED. THE REMAINING RWY SURFACE WAS COVERED WITH APRX 6 INCHES OF SNOW.

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

WEATHER EVALUATION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

PREFLIGHT PLANNING/PREPARATION..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

WEATHER CONDITION..SNOW


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOW COVERED

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