Preliminary Accident Reports

May 2001 Issue

February 18, Angel Fire, N.M. / Piper Cherokee Six

At approximately 14:40 mountain time a Piper PA-32-300 crashed while landing at Angel Fire Airport. The two occupants were uninjured. The airplane touched down 4,500 feet down the 8,900-foot runway 35, drifted to the right and struck a snow bank at the 5,900-foot mark. It then became airborne. The pilot flew north, turned around and landed on runway 17, touching down 2,750 feet from the end and skidding to a halt 1,800 feet from the end. The nose landing gear collapsed, buckling the firewall. Winds were reported from 260 degrees at 20 knots, gusting to 30 knots....

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