Preliminary Accident Reports

April 1999 Issue

Jan. 10, Bethel, Alaska / Cessna 172 Skyhawk

At about 13:51 Alaska standard time, a Cessna 172 was damaged while landing at the Bethel Airport. The pilot was not injured. The pilot told investigators that she had departed the accident airport under a special VFR clearance and encountered severe icing conditions. At that time she elected to return to the Bethel airport. She said that forward visibility was restricted due to heavy ice build-up on the airplane’s windscreen, requiring her to do a series of “S” turns to find the airport. She reported that just prior to touchdown the airplane stalled and the airplane landed hard in a nose low attitude. “I just got into icing conditions. That’s what caused it,” she said....

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