NTSB Identification: DEN83LA079.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22049.
Accident occurred Sunday, March 13, 1983 in COALVILLE, UT
Aircraft: PIPER PA-12, registration: N3743M
Injuries: 1 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 NOSED OVER DURING AN PRECAUTIONARY LANDING DUE TO DETERIORATING WEATHER. THE PLT HAD RECEIVED A WEATHER BRIEFING. THE WX CONDITIONS DETERIORATED ENROUTE DUE TO A SNOW STORM AND THE PLT ELECTED TO LAND ON A PRIVATE STRIP TO AWAIT IMPROVED WEATHER. THE AIRSTRIP SEEMED HARD PACKED ENOUGH WHEN THE PLT SURVEYED IT FROM THE AIR AND IT DID HOLD UP THE ACFT UNTIL IT DECELERATED. THE RIGHT WHEEL SANK INTO THE SNOW AT SLOW SPEED AND THE ACFT NOSED OVER.

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

FLIGHT INTO KNOWN ADVERSE WEATHER..ATTEMPTED..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

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

WEATHER EVALUATION..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

PRECAUTIONARY LANDING..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOW COVERED


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..SNOW


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CLOUDS

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