GENERAL INFORMATION FOR NTSB REPORT: ANC00LA030
Data Source NTSB AVIATION ACCIDENT/INCIDENT DATABASE
NTSB Report Nbr ANC00LA030
Event Id 20001212X20443
Local Date 02/25/2000
Local Time 1630
State AK
Airport Name OPHIR
Event Type ACCIDENT
Injury Severity NONE
Record Status
Mid Air Collision NO
Event Location ON AIRPORT/AIRSTRIP

WEATHER INFORMATION
Weather Briefing Complete UNKNOWN
Basic Weather Conditions VISUAL METEOROLOGICAL COND
Light Condition DAY
Cloud Condition CLEAR
Cloud Height above Ground Level (ft) 0
Ceiling Height above Ground Level (ft) 0
Cloud Type NONE
Visibility RVR (ft) 0
Visibility RVV (sm) 0
Visibility (sm) 100
Wind Direction (deg) 0
Wind Condition Flag U
Wind Speed (knots) 0
Wind Condition Indicated Calm

AIRCRAFT INFORMATION
Aircraft 1
Type of Operation PART 91: GENERAL AVIATION
Registration Number N8221V
Aircraft Make CESSNA
Aircraft Model 180
Aircraft Series H
Aircraft Damage SUBSTANTIAL
Aircraft Fire NONE
Aircraft Explosion NONE
Aircraft Type AIRPLANE
Aircraft Homebuilt UNKNOWN
Phase of Flight UNDEFINED
Aircraft Use PERSONAL
Flight Plan Filed NONE
Operator Name
Operator Doing Business As
Owner Name GARY R. RUSSEY
Number of Seats 4
Number of Engines 1
ELT Installed YES
ELT Operated NO
Departure Airport Id MCG
Departure City MCGRATH
Departure State ALASKA
Last Departure Point NO
Destination Local CRASH AT DESTINATION CITY
Destination Airport Id
Destination City
Runway Id 29
Runway Length 1500
Runway Width 40
Air Carrier Operating Certificates NO
Air Carrier Other Operating Certificates UNKNOWN
Rotocraft/Agriculture Operating Certificate UNKNOWN
Cert Max Gross Wgt 2800

ENGINE INFORMATION

Aircraft 1 - Engine : #1
Engine Manufactuer Continental
Engine Model O-470-R
Engine Horsepower 230
Engine Thrust HP
Carb/Injection CARBURETOR

INJURY INFORMATION
Injury Summary for Aircraft 1
Fatal Serious Minor None
Crew 0 0 0 0
Pass 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 1
Sequence of Events for Aircraft 1
Occurrence #1
ON GROUND/WATER ENCOUNTER WITH TERRAIN/WATER
Phase of Operation: TAXI - TO TAKEOFF

Events Sequence for Occurrence #1 of Aircraft 1
Event Seq # Event Group Code Subject Modifier Personnel Cause/Factor
1 1 AIRPORT FACILITIES, TAXIWAY CONDITION SNOW COVERED
2 1 AIRPORT FACILITIES, TAXIWAY CONDITION SOFT FACTOR
3 2 UNSUITABLE TERRAIN OR TAKEOFF/LANDING/TAXI AREA SELECTED PILOT IN COMMAND CAUSE




AIRCRAFT 1 PRELIMINARY REPORT


On February 25, 2000, about 1630 Alaska standard time, a ski equipped Cessna 180H airplane, N8221V, received substantial damage while taxiing for takeoff at the Ophir airstrip, Ophir, Alaska. The solo airline transport pilot was not injured. The 14 CFR Part 91 flight departed McGrath, Alaska, about 1555, en route to Ophir. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, and no flight plan was filed. During a telephone conversation with the NTSB investigator-in-charge (IIC) on February 28, the pilot/owner of the airplane related he was flying with a group of other pilots and airplanes in support of the annual Iditarod dogsled race. He said he was landing at Ophir to put in a check point. He said he landed to the east, and was turning around at the east end of the airstrip for a departure to the west. During the turn, he said the right ski penetrated the snow crust, and dropped into soft snow, allowing the right horizontal stabilizer to contact the snow. The NTSB IIC inspected the airplane on February 28 at Ward's Air in Anchorage, Alaska. The horizontal stabilizer's main spar was buckled. The U.S. Government Alaska Supplement includes an airport listing for Ophir. Under the Airport Remarks section, it reads, in part: "Unattended. Runway not usable and not maintained."

AIRCRAFT 1 FINAL REPORT


The pilot reported he was taxiing his ski-equipped airplane on a snow-covered taxiway. In preparation for takeoff, he said he made a left turn toward the runway, and the right main landing gear ski penetrated the snow crust, allowing the right horizontal stabilizer to strike the snow and sustain substantial damage. The U.S. Government Alaska Supplement includes an airport listing for Ophir. Under the Airport Remarks section, it reads, in part: 'Unattended. Runway not usable and not maintained.'

AIRCRAFT 1 CAUSE REPORT


The pilot's selection of an unsuitable taxi area. A factor associated with the accident was the soft, snow-covered terrain.


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