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N45EH accident description

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Crash location 40.757222°N, 119.212778°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 Gerlach, NV
40.651568°N, 119.355187°W
10.4 miles away
Tail number N45EH
Accident date 30 May 2016
Aircraft type G Elwin Halvorsen PA18WB/L21-180
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

According to the pilot, prior to landing on a dry lake bed, he made one low pass to assess the area where he intended to land. He reported that upon touch down, the wheels broke through the hard layer of the landing surface and there was mud underneath. The main landing gear wheels dug into the mud and the airplane nosed over. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the rudder.

The pilot reported that there were no mechanical anomalies or malfunctions during the flight with any portion of the airplane that would have prevented normal flight operations.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's selection of unsuitable terrain for landing, resulting in a nose over.

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