ANC96LA032
ANC96LA032

On March 7, 1996, at 1700 Alaska standard time, a wheel equipped Cessna 185 airplane, N9211T, registered to and operated by the pilot, ran off the left side of the runway, hit a snowbank, and nosed over. The personal flight, operating under 14 CFR Part 91, departed Merrill Field for touch and go landings. No flight plan was filed and visual meteorological conditions prevailed. The certificated private pilot, the sole occupant, was not injured and the airplane was substantially damaged.

During an interview with the pilot on March 7, 1996, he stated he landed in the center of runway 24 at Merrill Field. The center was dry until he reached the vicinity of the intersection of the first high speed taxiway and runway 24. There were patches of ice on the runway at the intersection. As he started to use the brakes on the airplane, he lost control of the airplane and it veered left. The airplane struck the snow bank located off the left side of the runway.

During an interview with the assistant airport manager, he stated that he gave the information about the runway's patchy ice conditions to Merrill Tower for distribution. The Automatic Terminal Information Service (ATIS) was carrying the remark that the runway had patchy areas of ice.

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