Accident Piper PA-18-150 N2553S,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 287216
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Date:Saturday 10 January 2009
Time:10:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-18-150
Registration: N2553S
MSN: 18-7909159
Year of manufacture:1979
Total airframe hrs:1798 hours
Engine model:Lycoming O-320 SERIES
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Elrosa, Minnesota -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Litchfield Municipal Airport, MN (KLJF)
Destination airport:Litchfield, MN
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot elected to attempt a landing in a snow-covered field. The tailwheel-equipped airplane touched down on the main wheels in a "tail low" attitude. The pilot did not initially realize that the snow was too soft and deep. He added full power and pulled back on the stick, but he was unable to prevent the airplane from nosing over. It slid for approximately 7 feet before coming to rest. After the accident, the pilot determined that the snow was about 14 inches deep. He commented that although the airplane was equipped with large diameter tires, the snow was too deep. He reported that there were no malfunctions or failures associated with the airplane prior to the accident. The vertical stabilizer and rudder were damaged when the airplane nosed over.

Probable Cause: The pilot's inability to maintain control after touchdown on a snow-covered runway.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CEN09CA130
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 5 months
Download report: Final report




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