NTSB Identification: ANC83LA046.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21971.
Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Monday, January 17, 1983 in NONDALTON, AK
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32-301, registration: N8429N
Injuries: 6 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 REPORTED THAT DURING A LANDING ON AN ICE & SNOW COVERED RWY, THE BRAKING WAS POOR & HE WAS USING PUMPING ACTIONS WHILE APPLYING THE BRAKES. REPORTEDLY, WHEN THE ACFT WAS ABOUT HALF WAY DOWN THE RWY, THE LEFT BRAKE LOST ALL PRESSURE. AT ABOUT THE SAME TIME, THE PLT OF ANOTHER ACFT TAXIED OUT ONTO THE RWY. THE PLT OF THE LANDING ACFT STATED THAT HE THEN STEERED HIS ACFT INTO 1 FT DEEP SNOW FOR BETTER DECELERATION; HOWEVER, THERE WAS A DIRT HUMP UNDER THE SNOW. THE RIGHT MAIN GEAR HIT THE OBSTRUCTION & WAS DAMAGED. REPORTEDLY, THERE WAS ALSO MINOR DAMAGE TO THE WING TIPS & TAIL SKID AREA. THE PLT STATED THAT DURING AN EXAM OF THE LEFT BRAKE, THE LOWER BRAKE PAD WAS MISSING & THERE WAS EVIDENCE THAT HYDRAULIC FLUID HAD VENTED OVERBOARD.

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

LANDING GEAR,NORMAL BRAKE SYSTEM..FAILURE,TOTAL


Contributing Factors

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


Contributing Factors

AIRPORT FACILITIES,RUNWAY/LANDING AREA CONDITION..ICY


Contributing Factors

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT OF OTHER AIRCRAFT


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..AIRCRAFT MOVING ON GROUND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOW COVERED


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..HIDDEN OBSTRUCTION(S)


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DIRT BANK/RISING EMBANKMENT

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