NTSB Identification: ANC12CA019
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Monday, January 23, 2012 in Nikiski, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/15/2012
Aircraft: CESSNA 207A, registration: N800DF
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.

During a night landing, the pilot misidentified the runway surface and landed the airplane in a snowbank on the left side of the runway. He stated that most of the runway lights had been covered by heavy snow and were not clearly visible when the airplane was on the straight-in approach. The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings and the horizontal stabilizer.

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

The pilot's improper identification of the runway surface. Contributing to the accident was the snow covering the runway lights.

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