NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.
The noncertificated pilot reported that, while he was taxiing to test the brakes, the airplane slid to the right, impacted a snowbank, and nosed over. He added that “this was not a flight, takeoff or landing. Simply went off [the] runway during a taxi test of [the] brakes.”
However, in a statement provided by the Sheriff’s office to the Federal Aviation Administration, the pilot stated that he was low on fuel and that, after he landed, he hit a snowdrift and nosed over.
The pilot reported no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.