Poor approach dings Super Cub

Aircraft: Piper Super Cub. Injuries: None. Location: Cordova, Alaska. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The private pilot was practicing touch-and-go takeoff and landings.

The first two approaches and landings were uneventful. During the third landing, the approach was not stabilized. Instead of going around, he attempted to extend the approach down the runway. The airplane stalled, hit the ground and went off the left side of the runway.

The pilot stated there were no mechanical malfunctions or anomalies with the airplane.

Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain sufficient airspeed during approach, resulting in an aerodynamic stall, and collision with terrain.

NTSB Identification: ANC11CA064

This July 2011 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.

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