Aircraft: Super Decathalon. Injuries: None. Location: Melbourne, Ark. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: According to the pilot, the accident happened during a landing attempt. He intended to perform a three-point landing.
The touch-down was normal, but during the landing roll the airplane weathervaned to the right side of the runway.
The pilot applied left rudder to correct and the airplane then veered to the left and went off the runway.
As the plane left the pavement the right main landing gear collapsed and the right wing hit the ground.
The pilot reported no pre-impact mechanical malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control of the airplane during the landing.
NTSB Identification: CEN13CA084
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.