NTSB Identification: NYC03LA064.
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Accident occurred Saturday, March 08, 2003 in South Woodstock, CT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/02/2004
Aircraft: Piper PA-22/20-150, registration: N7342D
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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A private pilot landed his tail wheel configured airplane on the runway. The airplane subsequently drifted left into a snowbank, and nosed over. The private pilot reported the right main wheel hydroplaned on the runway, while the left wheel grabbed and the airplane turned left. A pilot rated passenger reported he did not remember feeling a deceleration like braking. He thought the airplane slowly drifted left and contacted the snow bank on the side. The private pilot also reported that the runway which was 75 feet wide had only been plowed to a width of about 50 feet.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain directional control

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