Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Cessna 210-5 Centurion, N8340Z: Accident occurred February 02, 2016 in Park Valley, Utah

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA120
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, February 02, 2016 in Park Valley, UT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/05/2016
Aircraft: CESSNA 210, registration: N8340Z
Injuries: 1 Minor, 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 was flying over a snow covered dry lake bed and decided to "drag" the left main landing gear to "better assess the surface condition." When the tire touched down, the pilot reported, "Drag rapidly increased and sucked the aircraft down." The pilot attempted to abort the landing by adding full power, but the airplane sunk further into the snow, turned to the right, and nosed over. The fuselage and vertical stabilizer sustained substantial damage.

The pilot reported there were no other 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 pilot's decision to drag the left main landing gear on a snow covered dry lake bed, which resulted in a loss of directional control and a nose over during an aborted landing.

FAA Flight Standards District Office:  FAA Salt Lake City FSDO-07

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