ANC01LA143
ANC01LA143

On September 22, 2001, a Cessna U206 airplane, N3831G, received substantial damage when it collided with a sign after landing at the McLaren Lodge airstrip, located about 32 miles west of Paxson, Alaska. The private pilot and the one passenger aboard were not injured. The 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight operated without a flight plan in visual meteorological conditions. The flight departed the pilot's private airstrip near Talkeetna, Alaska, about 1400, and was en route to a remote landing site north of Paxson.

During a telephone conversation with the NTSB investigator-in-charge on September 24, the pilot related he encountered poor visibility in mixed rain and snow, and lowering clouds. He elected to make a precautionary landing at the McLaren lodge, and struck a dilapidated sign with the left wing during the taxi from landing. He said just prior to striking the sign, he applied maximum braking, and attempted to turn away from the sign. As he initiated the turn, the nose gear collapsed. The pilot said the rain and snow on the windshield made it difficult to see the sign.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

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