Aircraft: Piper Super Cub. Injuries: None. Location: Thedford, Neb. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot landed on an icy runway. During the landing roll, the left main landing gear hit a patch of ice and the airplane veered to the left.
Efforts to regain directional control were unsuccessful, and the airplane spun more than 90° to the left and into a snowbank. The airplane nosed over on to its back.
The airplane’s fuselage, right wing, and right wing strut were substantially damaged during the accident.
Probable cause: The pilot did not maintain directional control during landing, which resulted in a runway excursion.
NTSB Identification: CEN12CA148
This February 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.