On March 12, 1999, about 2000 Alaska standard time, a wheel equipped Cessna 170B airplane, N4387B, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing after takeoff from a frozen lake, about 5 miles north-northeast of Palmer, Alaska. The airplane was being operated as a visual flight rules (VFR) local area personal flight when the accident occurred. The airplane was registered to the pilot. The certificated private pilot, the sole occupant, was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed. Use your browsers 'back' function to return to synopsisReturn to Query Page
During a telephone conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge (IIC), on March 13, 1999, at 0900, the pilot reported he landed on Wolverine Lake earlier in the day, following about 30 minutes of touch and go landings at the Palmer Municipal Airport. The pilot said he took off and climbed the airplane to about 100 feet when the engine suddenly quit. He made a turn toward the lake, and landed along the edge of the lake. The airplane touched down in an area of snow, and the main landing gear was sheared off. The right wing hit a snow bank and was damaged.
On March 16, 1999, the pilot telephoned the NTSB IIC, and reported he returned to the airplane on March 13, 1999, to begin disassembly for transportation. The pilot said he discovered the airplane fuel tanks were empty. He then recalled his last flight before the accident was about 2 months ago, and he did not refuel the airplane.