NTSB Identification: ANC05CA103.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, July 20, 2005 in Kenai, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/20/2005
Aircraft: Cessna 172, registration: N7886G
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The private pilot elected to make a precautionary landing in a grass-covered field to wait for better weather. As the airplane's main landing gear wheels touched down, the airplane abruptly nosed over. The pilot noted that after he exited the overturned airplane, he discovered that the landing area had about 8-inches of water mixed with the grass. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the wings, fuselage, and empennage. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical anomalies 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 landing area, which resulted in a nose over. A factor associated with the accident was swampy terrain.

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