Preliminary Accident Reports

March 2010 Issue

January 14, 2010, Gulkana, Alaska, Piper PA-12

At about 1100 Alaska time, the ski-equipped airplane sustained substantial damage after landing on a snow-covered lake during a Part 135 VFR passenger flight. The commercial pilot and passenger were not injured. Visual conditions prevailed. The pilot later said he departed with the airplane’s oil cooler cover in place, but engine temperature increased significantly, and he decided to land on a snow-covered lake to remove the cover.

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