Aircraft: Piper Tri-Pacer. Injuries: None. Location: Norwich, N.Y. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: During the landing roll the airplane pulled to the left. The pilot applied right rudder to correct and the airplane ground looped, which resulted in substantial damage to the left wing.
The post-accident examination revealed that the left tire was deflated. Fragments of the tire and skid marks were found on the runway. The cause of the deflated tire could not be determined.
Probable cause: The pilot’s inability to maintain directional control during a landing with a deflated left main landing gear tire.
NTSB Identification: ERA12CA350
This May 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.