Strong crosswind crunches wing

Aircraft: Piper Super Cub. Injuries: None. Location: Grangeville, Idaho. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot said the landing was normal, but during the rollout the wind shifted and gusted up to 17 knots.

As he turned the airplane off the runway, he did not increase engine power or use the brakes to maintain control, and the airplane ground looped.

Probable cause: The pilot’s inadequate compensation for the wind conditions and loss of directional control while taxiing off the runway.

NTSB Identification: WPR12CA042

This October 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.

Comments

  1. Vaughn S. Price says

    Mooney 9242 victor hit the nail on the head. Bravo. Cudos, Thanks. “Student hasn’t learned means Instructor hasn’t taught”, coming from a 15000 hour accident free general aviation 83 year old ex instructor. There is no replacement for top quality Instruction in basic flying techniques. Yakking on the radio just distracts a Pilot from his job of safe flight. A swivel head beats radio positions in avoiding mid airs every time. I know this as a fact from avoiding mid airs while under positive radar control. also if the sun is out, find your shadow on the ground look for other shadows near yours

  2. Mooney 9242V says

    “This October 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.”

    While reading of the misfortune of others is interesting, it is not a real effective way of learning. An instructor can be worth their weight in gold by assuring your efficiency is up to snuff. This will do far more for you than a biannual or annual visit to your Doc to satisfy some unjustified legislation and regulation by the FAA. Vote for a safer GA environment and benefit from lower insurance rates, get rid of Class Three and if the FAA wants to do something worthwhile, promote an hour annually of real flight instruction on emergency procedures. A material number of people would be alive today had they been able to better manage a departure or approach stall. The medical certification was of zero value to these departed souls.

    • Tom says

      Good job. Thanks. Keep up the fight to expose the ridiculousness of the medical certificate. Airline captain died in flight of heart attack a couple of days ago with a 1st class medical certificate in his pocket. I don’t agree though that it is “training versus the medical” however. I don’t want “mandatory” training any more than I want “mandatory” medical certificate. I do agree that training is worth something and that medicals are worth very little but it should be voluntary only. The REAL issue is FEDERAL control of our lives that is unnecessary and a waste of taxpayers’ money.

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