The pilot in the tailwheel-equipped Piper PA-22 reported that during touch down at the airport in Ashland, Ohio, the airplane bounced.
Following the bounce, the plane settled on all three-landing gear and immediately veered to the left. The pilot attempted to correct with right aileron and right rudder application, then the airplane veered to the right. The airplane left the right side of the runway and rotated about 180° before it came to rest.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing and aileron.
The pilot reported in the Recommendation section of the National Transportation Board Pilot Aircraft Accident Report that the accident could have been prevented if he had received more training in the accident airplane make and model (30 hours reported).
The PIC reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll, resulting in a ground loop.
NTSB Identification: GAA18CA144
This February 2018 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.