NTSB Identification: ANC09CA029
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, April 04, 2009 in Chickaloon, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/28/2009
Aircraft: MAULE M-4-210C, registration: N40684
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 solo private pilot was landing a wheel-equipped airplane at an off-airport, snow-covered site. During the landing roll, the airplane bounced when it encountered a small snowdrift. The pilot said that he attempted to recover but the airplane drifted to the right and nosed over when it touched down in deep snow. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the vertical stabilizer, rudder, and wing lift struts. The pilot said there were no preaccident mechanical problems with the airplane, and noted in his report to the NTSB that he should have selected a better area to land on.

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

The pilot's selection of an unsuitably rough and snow-covered landing area.

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