Aircraft: Piper Cherokee Six. Injuries: None. Location: Middle Bass Island, Ohio. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The accident happened during the pilot’s attempt to land over snow piles near the runway.
The pilot reported that the airplane touched down short of the runway threshold, and when the landing gear contacted the edge of the paved runway, the right main landing gear was torn off the airplane.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right main wing spar.
Probable cause: The pilot did not attain the proper touchdown point during landing, which resulted in impact with the edge of the runway surface.
NTSB Identification: CEN13CA125
This December 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.