NTSB Identification: WPR10CA190
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, April 03, 2010 in Truckee, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/01/2010
Aircraft: CESSNA T210N, registration: N4137C
Injuries: 2 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.

While nearing the vicinity of the destination airport, the pilot received an airport condition report from airport personnel. The report indicated that there was ice with a 1- to 2-inch layer of snow blanketing the runway surface. On final approach, the pilot aligned the airplane for landing and flared over what he thought was the normal touchdown point, when in actuality the airplane touched down about 50 feet north of, and parallel to, the runway. While on the landing roll the airplane encountered a snow berm at the edge of a cross runway that collapsed the nose landing gear and damaged the firewall. The pilot opined that his complacency and deviation from standard aeronautical decisionmaking practices resulted in the accident. The pilot additionally reported no mechanical malfunctions or failures prior to impact.

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

The pilot's failure to identify the snow-covered runway, which resulted in an off-runway landing and subsequent collision with a berm.

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