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NTSB Identification: GAA17CA210
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, March 27, 2017 in Soldotna, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/07/2017
Aircraft: PIPER PA22, registration: N2838Z
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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 pilot reported that he had landed farther down the snow- and ice-covered runway than anticipated due to being “a little high and a little fast” during the approach. He added that he applied brakes but that he was not slowing down quickly enough and determined that there was not enough runway remaining to attempt a go-around. He controlled the airplane “the best [he] could until [he] hit the snow berm at the end of the runway”; subsequently, the airplane nosed over.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the windshield.
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The pilot’s unstabilized approach and failure to attain the proper touchdown point, which resulted in a runway overrun and collision with a snowbank.