Aircraft: Cessna 150. Injuries: None. Location: Grass Valley, Calif. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land on a snow-covered runway.
He obtained an automated weather observation report from the non-towered airport, with no indication on the recording that the runway was closed. Shortly after touchdown, as the airplane began its roll out, the landing gear entered an area of 12-inch-deep snow and the airplane nosed over.
After exiting the airplane, the pilot spoke to the airport manager, who informed him that due to a power outage in the area, he had not been able to update the AWOS recording informing pilots of the runway closure due to snow.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the vertical stabilizer and to both wings. The pilot stated that there were no mechanical abnormalities with the airplane prior to the accident.
Probable cause: The aircraft’s encounter with deep snow during the landing roll out. Contributing to the accident was the airport manager’s failure to update the AWOS recording to reflect the closure of the runway due to snow.
NTSB Identification: WPR11CA148
This February 2011 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.