Aircraft: Cessna 172. Injuries: 1 Serious. Location: Smoketown, Pa. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: According to the pilot he was attempting to land and did not notice he was too low until the left wing hit a tree.
The airplane veered left and hit the ground.
Probable cause: The pilot did not maintain a proper approach path, which resulted in a collision with a tree.
NTSB Identification: ERA12CA053
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.