NTSB Identification: DEN83LA085.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 20353.
Accident occurred Sunday, March 27, 1983 in AURORA, CO
Aircraft: CESSNA R172K, registration: N736CU
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 AIRCRAFT COLLIDED WITH A SNOWBANK DURING LANDING. THE PILOT STATED THAT HE HAD CONTACTED FLT SERVICE AND ASKED ABOUTTHE RUNWAY CONDITIONS. NOTHING WAS REPORTED AND NO NOTAMS WERE POSTED. UPON ARRIVAL THE PILOT TRIED TO CONTACT UNICOM ATCOLUMBINE. SOMEONE USING CALL SIGN AURORA ANSWERED. ASSUMING COLUMBINE UNICOM WAS OUT OF SERVICE THE PILOT OVERFLEW THE FIELD FOR WIND AND TRAFFIC. HE ENTERED TRAFFIC AND LANDED AND DID NOT REALIZE THE RUNWAY WAS POORLY PLOWED UNTIL AFTER TOUCHDOWN. ONLY A NARROW PATH DOWN THE MIDDLE OF THE RUNWAY WAS PLOWED. THE ACFT TOUCHED DOWN WITH THE LEFT GEAR IN THE SNOW. AS THE ACFT ROLLED THE SNOW CLOGGED THE LEFT WHEEL AND THE ACFT. SWERVED OFF THE RUNWAY AND NOSED OVER.

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..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:

NOT PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

AIRPORT FACILITIES,RUNWAY/LANDING AREA CONDITION..INADEQUATE


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOWBANK

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