Aircraft: Piper Pacer. Injuries: None. Location: Yakima, Wash. Aircraft damage: Destroyed.
What reportedly happened: The pilot was returning to land when, upon touchdown, a gust of wind lifted his left wing.
Despite his control inputs, the airplane ground-looped.
At the time of the accident, the wind at the airport was reported to be from 240° at 7 knots.
The pilot reported that there were no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airframe and engine that would have precluded normal flight.
Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control upon landing.
NTSB Identification: WPR11CA235
This May 2011 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.