NTSB Identification: ANC83LA054.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20398.
Accident occurred Wednesday, March 09, 1983 in PORT HEIDEN, AK
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28R-180, registration: N17243
Injuries: 3 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 ACFT TAXIED INTO A PILE OF ICE AFTER LANDING. ACCORDING TO AN ALASKA STATE TROOPER THAT ASSISTED IN THE INVESTIGATION, THE PILOT TURNED 45 DEGREES TO THE RIGHT AND DEPARTED THE RUNWAY 150 FEET SHORT OF THE TAXIWAY. THE SUN WAS BRIGHT, AND ACCORDING TO THE PILOT, IT WAS BLINDING HIM. THE COLLISION WITH THE ICE COLLAPSED THE NOSE GEAR.

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..SUNGLARE


Contributing Factors

PROPER ALIGNMENT..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOWBANK

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