NTSB Identification: ANC02LA051.
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Nonscheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Thursday, June 13, 2002 in Talkeetna, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/30/2003
Aircraft: de Havilland DHC-2, registration: N62197
Injuries: 7 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 certificated commercial pilot reported that after an uneventful glacier landing, he wanted to reposition the airplane to an area that was better suited for unloading his passengers. As he taxied the airplane up the glacier, the airplane's tailwheel entered a hole in the hard-packed snow, and the left elevator horn dug into the snow. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left elevator. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical problems with the airplane.



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

The pilot's selection of an unsuitable taxi area, which resulted in substantial damage to the left elevator when the tailwheel encountered a hole. A factor associated with the accident was rough/uneven terrain.

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