Final Report: Caravan landed in snow

 - October 13, 2008, 10:38 AM

Cessna Caravan 208B, Bethel, Alaska, Jan. 15, 2008–The Grant Aviation Caravan touched down between the runway and the taxiway in the snow removed from the active surfaces; the Safety Board blamed “the pilot’s selection of unsuitable terrain for landing.” Contributing factors were snow-covered terrain, blowing snow and flat lighting conditions. The nosegear collapsed and the airplane sustained structural damage to the firewall and forward fuselage bulkhead. The ATP-rated pilot, a paramedic and two patients were not injured. A second paramedic suffered minor injuries. The VFR weather observation included “occasional localized low drifting snow and blowing snow.” ‚