On July 29, 1996, at 1912 Alaska daylight time, a wheel equipped Cessna 170B, N4464B, crashed during landing at the Northway Airport, Northway, Alaska. The airplane was being operated as a visual flight rules (VFR) cross-country personal flight when the accident occurred. The airplane, registered to and operated by the pilot, sustained substantial damage. The certificated commercial pilot, the sole occupant, was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed. A VFR flight plan was filed. The flight originated from Ft. Wainwright, Alaska, about 1620.

The pilot reported he was landing on runway 22 and performed a three point landing. The airplane bounced slightly and then ground looped to the right. The left wing struck the runway and was bent upwards, about 3 feet inboard from the tip. The airplane received damage to the left wing spar and ribs.

The closest official weather observation station is Northway, Alaska. At 1853, a surface observation was reporting, in part: Sky condition and ceiling, 9,000 feet scattered, 20,000 feet overcast; visibility, 50 miles; temperature, 72 degrees F; dew point, 37 degrees F; wind, 290 degrees at 9 knots; altimeter, 29.78 inHg.

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