Aircraft: Luscombe 8A. Injuries: None. Location: Umatilla, Fla. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land in the tailwheel airplane. When it touched down it drifted to the left.
He applied right rudder to correct, but the airplane continued left and off the left side of the runway, into a ditch, and nosed over.
The post-accident examination revealed that the left main landing gear leg had collapsed and exhibited severe corrosion and evidence of a pre-existing crack.
Probable cause: A failure of the left main landing gear due to a preexisting crack and corrosion, which resulted in a loss of directional control during landing.
NTSB Identification: ERA12CA140
This January 2012 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.