Fence catches Cub

Aircraft: Piper Super Cub. Injuries: None. Location: Sierraville, Calif. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was practicing landings. The first two went well. On the third attempt he performed a three-point landing and the airplane began to drift left. He applied full engine power, but could not regain control of the airplane before it went off the edge of the runway.

The landing gear struck a berm and the airplane bounced into the air and snagged a wire fence. The airplane nosed over.

Probable cause: The pilot did not maintain directional control during the landing roll.

NTSB Identification: WPR12CA177

This April 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.

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