On February 13, 1999, about 1405 mountain standard time, a Cessna 182A, N3753D, registered to and operated by the pilot as a 14 CFR 91 personal flight, was substantially damaged during the landing rollout at the Trapper Creek Airport, Connor, Montana. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight. The private pilot and his passenger were not injured. There was no fire and no report of an ELT actuating. The flight originated from the Trapper Creek Airport approximately one hour before the accident. Use your browsers 'back' function to return to synopsisReturn to Query Page
During a telephone interview and written statement, the pilot stated he attempted to land on a 1,500 foot grass strip. The pilot then stated that the airplane touched down "on the numbers", but he was unable to stop the aircraft due to water and slush on the airstrip. The pilot reported that the aircraft was "hydroplaning across the grass" and when he applied the aircraft's brake's they "locked up." The pilot elected to initiate a go-around and shortly after lift-off the aircraft's main wheels collided with a four-foot deep snow bank at the departure end of the runway. The nose gear was torn from the aircraft and the fuselage was damaged. The pilot reported no mechanical failures or malfunctions with the aircraft prior to the accident.