NTSB Identification: MKC86LA047.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 29969.
Accident occurred Thursday, January 09, 1986 in LAWRENCE, KS
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32R-300, registration: N38127
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 PLT STATED HE MISTOOK AN ICE AND SNOW COVERED AREA FOR A TAXIWAY AND TURNED OFF PAST THE ACTUAL TAXIWAY. THE ACFT STRUCK A SNOWBANK WHICH COLLAPSED THE NOSEGEAR. THE BLUE TAXIWAY LIGHT WAS OUT. THIS LIGHT MARKS THE EDGE OF TAXIWAY. THE TAXIWAY WAS FREE OF ICE AND SNOW MAKING IT EASILY DESTINGUISHABLE FROM THE SNOW AND ICE AT IT'S EDGES. THE PLT WAS VERY FAMILIAR WITH THE AIRPORT, HAVING FLOWN IN AND OUT OF THE AIRPORT ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS. A SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION IN FORWARD SPEED AFTER LANDING IS REQUIRED BEFORE EXECUTING A TURN TO THE TAXIWAY.

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

TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOWBANK

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

VISUAL LOOKOUT..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

COMPLACENCY..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT

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