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N3806M accident description

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Crash location 43.844166°N, 70.619167°W
Nearest city Sebago Lake, ME
43.760911°N, 70.525610°W
7.4 miles away
Tail number N3806M
Accident date 05 Feb 2011
Aircraft type Piper PA-12
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

According to the pilot, he was attempting to land on a frozen lake, about 200 yards off shore. He encountered severe snow conditions and aborted the landing. He banked the airplane, and the right wing contacted ice and snow of the lake surface. The right wing separated and the airplane crashed on the lake. The pilot sustained serious injuries. The pilot reported that the airplane had just been fueled and was operating normally at the time of the accident.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot’s initiation of a right turn with insufficient altitude remaining during an aborted landing resulting in a collision with the landing surface.

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