These October 2009 accident reports are provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, they are intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.
Aircraft: Piper Super Cub. Injuries: None. Location: Chandler, Ariz. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The student pilot was practicing takeoffs and landings. The airplane started to drift to the right as he approached to land, so he applied left rudder to correct. As the plane touched down it entered a left turn and continued for 270° before coming to a stop just off the runway.
A post-accident examination revealed that the right wing had sustained substantial damage as a result of impact with terrain.
Probable cause: The student pilot’s failure to maintain directional control while landing.
For more information: NTSB.gov NTSB Identification: WPR10CA030