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NTSB Identification: GAA17CA228
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, April 11, 2017 in Willow, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/05/2017
Aircraft: BELLANCA 8GCBC, registration: N5045E
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 of the ski-equipped tailwheel airplane reported that, during the landing roll on a snow-covered sand bar, about 15 to 20 mph, the left ski impacted a submerged frozen sand berm. He added that the left ski “broke” and that the airplane nosed over.
The vertical stabilizer and left wing sustained substantial damage.
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures 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 airplane's left main ski's collision with a submerged frozen sand berm.