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N382US accident description

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Crash location 40.705278°N, 115.610278°W
Reported location is a long distance from the NTSB's reported nearest city. This often means that the location has a typo, or is incorrect.
Nearest city Jiggs, NV
40.425763°N, 115.665336°W
19.5 miles away
Tail number N382US
Accident date 27 Jan 2017
Aircraft type Aviat Aircraft Inc A-1C-200
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

On January 27, 2017, about 1645 Pacific standard time, an Aviat Aircraft Inc. A-1C, N382US, was substantially damaged when it nosed over in the snow during a precautionary landing at an airstrip near Jiggs, Nevada. The airplane was owned by Canyon State Aviation LLC., and the pilot was operating it under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The private pilot was not injured. The local personal flight originated from Elko Regional Airport, Elko, Nevada, around 1630. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.

The pilot stated that the purpose of the flight was to overfly the vicinity of his ranch and look for horse tracks. About 10 minutes after departure, with the airplane at an altitude of about 1,000 feet above ground level (agl), the engine began to run rough and the rpm surged several times. The cockpit gauges and engine monitoring device all indicated normal ranges, with no anomalies. The pilot opted to make a precautionary landing and observed he was about 2 miles from the snow-covered dirt airstrip on Corta Ranch, which his family owns and where he frequently lands during the summer months. He touched down about five minutes later and during the landing roll, the airplane nosed over in the snow coming to rest inverted. He estimated the snow was between 24 to 30 inches deep. The airplane incurred damage to the struts and wings as a result of the impact.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

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