Aircraft: Piper Tri-Pacer. Injuries: None. Location: Napa, Calif. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The airplane touched down in a slight crab, bounced and went off the runway.
No pre-impact mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operations were found during the investigation.
Probable cause: The pilot’s inadequate landing flare, which resulted in a bounced landing and subsequent loss of directional control during the landing roll.
NTSB Identification: WPR12CA354
This August 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.