NTSB Identification: CHI84LA059.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 22483.
Accident occurred Tuesday, December 13, 1983 in BRAINERD, MN
Aircraft: CESSNA 310, registration: N37252
Injuries: 2 Minor,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.

AFTER MAKING A VOR/DME APCH, THE PLT CIRCLED TO LAND ON RWY 23 IN WX CONDITIONS OF LIGHT SNOW & FOG. THE TERRAIN & RWY WERE COVERED WITH SNOW. THE PLT TRIED TO CONTACT BRAINERD UNICOM TO HAVE THE RWY LIGHTS TURNED UP, BUT HE RECEIVED NO RESPONSE. HE COULD HAVE ACTIVATED THE RWY LIGHTS BY KEYING HIS MICROPHONE, USING THE UNICOM FREQ, BUT HE DID NOT DO SO. WHEN ON FINAL APCH, HE SAW A ROW OF LIGHTS & BELIEVED THE ACFT WAS ALIGNED WITH THE RWY. HOWEVER, HE HAD ALIGNED THE ACFT BETWEEN THE RWY & TAXIWAY, WHERE HE SUBSEQUENTLY LANDED IN 14 INCHES OF SNOW & DAMAGED THE ACFT.

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:

PROPER ALIGNMENT..NOT OBTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..SNOW


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..FOG


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOW COVERED

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