This November 2008 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.
Aircraft: Piper Pacer. Injuries: None. Location: Lamar, Colo. Aircraft damage: Substantial
What reportedly happened: The student pilot was on final approach but did not have the airplane aligned with the runway. He applied rudder to align the airplane but was unable to do so before a wing-tip hit the runway and he lost control of the Piper. It slid off the runway and into a ditch. The nose wheel collapsed when it hit a shallow ditch, and the airplane flipped on its back.
Probable cause: The failure to maintain directional control during landing.
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