On January 25, 1998, at 1100 central standard time (cst), a Piper J3C, N110RR, was substantially damaged during a collision with a pipeline marker pole during the landing rollout in a farmer's field. The instrument rated commercial pilot reported no injuries. The 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight was not operating on a flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions were reported at the time of the accident. The flight departed Eagle Nest, Minnesota, at 1045 cst. Use your browsers 'back' function to return to synopsisReturn to Query Page
The pilot stated that he was coming into land at a friend's farm field when the accident occurred. The pilot stated that he went over wires and was attempting to land alongside of a road. The pilot said there was a little bit of a wind from the south and that he was landing to the west. He stated that he "...had the left wing low for [the] wind," which hid a pipeline pole. The pilot stated the airplane drifted to the right of the centerline of the intended landing site. He stated that he lost depth perception and could not see because of the fresh snow conditions. The pilot said that "by the time [he] realized it, it was too late..." and the airplane impacted a pipeline marker pole, hitting the right wing strut and resulting in substantial damage.