NYC94LA070
NYC94LA070

On Sunday, March 20, 1994, at 1600 eastern standard time, a Pitts S-2B, N60827, piloted by Eric R. Rueckwald, sustained substantial damage during a landing at the Pine Hill Airport, Albion, New York. The pilot was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed. The flight was being conducted under 14 CFR Part 91.

The pilot was landing on runway 28, which is 2675 feet long and 36 feet wide. The winds were from 290 degrees at 7 knots. In his report, the pilot stated:

...I saw the snow banks on either side of me. Since the snow bank on the left side looked like it was creeping up the runway, I chose to land a very small amount right of centerline. I stayed to the right of the centerline to avoid the snow bank on the left which was encroaching on the runway....I got sucked to the right, I felt the wheel get in the mud, I remember putting the rudder over directly on top of the right snow bank...The next thing I remember was being in the airplane upsidedown...

The pilot reported that he had flown a total of 5.6 hours in this or any other airplane in the previous 90 days.

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