NTSB Identification: WPR12CA060
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, December 10, 2011 in Lowman, ID
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/16/2012
Aircraft: CESSNA 182C, registration: N800YD
Injuries: 3 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 pilot reported that he determined that the snow-covered runway was suitable for landing, based, in part, upon overflying it and seeing snowmobile tracks, which indicated to him that the surface was firm enough. After touching down on the main landing gear, the pilot held the nosewheel off the ground with full-aft elevator pressure, but, when the nosewheel settled, the airplane pitched down violently. It traveled for about 80 feet in the nose-down attitude before it abruptly nosed over, sustaining substantial damage to the right wing and rudder. The pilot indicated that there were no mechanical issues with the airplane that would have precluded its normal operation.

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

The pilot's misjudgment of the runway surface firmness, which resulted in a nose-over during the landing roll.

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