The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.
Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration; Salt Lake City, Utah
Federal Aviation Administration /Flight Standards District Office: Reno, Nevada
Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf
Canyon State Aviation LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N382US
NTSB Identification: WPR17LA062
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, January 27, 2017 in Jiggs, NV
Aircraft: AVIAT AIRCRAFT INC A-1C-200, registration: N382US
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
On January 27, 2017, about 1645 Pacific standard time, an Aviat Aircraft Inc. A-1C, N382US, was substantially damaged when it nosed over in the snow during a precautionary landing at an airstrip near Jiggs, Nevada. The airplane was owned by Canyon State Aviation LLC., and the pilot was operating it under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The private pilot was not injured. The local personal flight originated from Elko Regional Airport, Elko, Nevada, around 1630. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.
The pilot stated that the purpose of the flight was to overfly the vicinity of his ranch and look for horse tracks. About 10 minutes after departure, with the airplane at an altitude of about 1,000 feet above ground level (agl), the engine began to run rough and the rpm surged several times. The cockpit gauges and engine monitoring device all indicated normal ranges, with no anomalies. The pilot opted to make a precautionary landing and observed he was about 2 miles from the snow-covered dirt airstrip on Corta Ranch, which his family owns and where he frequently lands during the summer months. He touched down about five minutes later and during the landing roll, the airplane nosed over in the snow coming to rest inverted. He estimated the snow was between 24 to 30 inches deep. The airplane incurred damage to the struts and wings as a result of the impact.
The wreckage was retained for further examination.