Landing on snow-covered runway goes awry

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped Piper PA22 reported that, during landing on a snow- and ice-covered runway at the airport in Superior, Wisconsin, he was unable to maintain directional control, so he attempted a go-around.

However, the airplane hit a snowbank on the right side of the runway and came to rest inverted, sustaining substantial damage to the right wing lift strut.

The pilot reported there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during landing on a snow- and ice-covered runway, which resulted in impact with a snowbank and a nose-over.

NTSB Identification: 99082

This March 2019 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.

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