NTSB Identification: CHI82DA115
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, April 05, 1982 in FORT WAYNE, IN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/05/1983
Aircraft: SWEARINGEN SA226TC, registration: N639S
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

PRIOR TO LANDING THE CREW WAS ADVISED BY FORT WAYNE ATC THAT THE 150 FOOT WIDE RUNWAY HAD BEEN PLOWED 140 FEET WIDE WITH 18 INCH WINDROWS ON EACH SIDE OF THE RUNWAY. THE RUNWAY WAS REPORTED TO BE 40 PERCENT COVERED WITH FINGER DRIFTS. THE WIND WAS FROM 010 DEGREES AT 15 KNOTS AND GUSTING. THE PILOT STATED THAT AFTER TOUCHDOWN THE AIRCRAFT BEGAN TO DRIFT TO THE RIGHT AND CONTINUED TO DRIFT TO THE RIGHT UNTIL THE RIGHT MAIN LANDING GEAR MADE CONTACT WITH A SNOW WINDROW. THE NOSE GEAR COLLAPSED AND THE AIRCRAFT VEERED ACROSS THE RUNWAY AND CAME TO REST OFF THE LEFT SIDE OF RUNWAY 04.

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

AIRPORT FACILITIES,RUNWAY/LANDING AREA CONDITION..SNOW COVERED


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH WIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..GUSTS


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..DARK NIGHT


Contributing Factors

VISUAL/AURAL PERCEPTION..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

GROUND LOOP/SWERVE..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

LANDING GEAR,NOSE GEAR..OVERLOAD

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