By DOUG ALDEN New Hampshire Union Leader
ALTON — A single-engine plane was damaged Sunday after sliding off the ice runway and striking a snowbank on Alton Bay.
The pilot and two passengers on the plane were not injured in the rough landing at the frozen air strip around 11:45 a.m. Sunday, said Paul LaRochelle, ice runway manager at Alton Bay Seaplane Base.
“The snowbank was just hard enough that it broke the nose gear,” LaRochelle said.
The propeller was also damaged by the snowbank, LaRochelle said. The plane will remain grounded until repairs can be completed.
The single-engine Piper was coming from Connecticut and the pilot, who was unfamiliar with the air strip on Lake Winnipesaukee, may have been going too fast when he landed with a tailwind, LaRochelle said.
LaRochelle said the conditions Sunday morning were good overall, although there was no snow on the ice, which made landing a little more tricky than usual.
“Most of them come in and they have no issues whatsoever. This was someone who had never been here before,” LaRochelle said.