NTSB Identification: DEN84LA101.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 23965.
Accident occurred Wednesday, January 04, 1984 in FORTUNA, ND
Aircraft: MAULE M-5-210C, registration: N314X
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 MADE AN OFF ARPT LANDING ON UPWARD SLOPING TERRAIN WHICH WAS COVERED WITH APRX 4 INCHES OF SNOW. ABOUT 1/2 HR LATER, HE INITIATED A TAKEOFF ON A DIFFERENT SECTION OF THE FIELD ON DOWNWARD SLOPING TERRAIN. THE SNOW IN THAT AREA WAS INITIALLY 4 INCHES DEEP, BUT DEEPENED TO ABOUT 8 INCHES & SLOWED THE ACFT. THE PLT ABORTED THE TAKEOFF, BUT BEFORE STOPPING, THE PLANE NOSED OVER.

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

TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOW COVERED


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