The pilot reported that, during the landing roll at the airport in Hillsboro, Ohio, the tailwheel-equipped Piper PA-22 exited the runway to the left, hit a runway light, and hit a ditch.
The left main landing gear separated from the airplane, and the plane came to rest nose down.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left lower fuselage and left wing. The pilot sustained minor injuries in the crash.
The pilot added that, while he was at the departure airport before the flight, due to jet blast, he was blown off a ladder during the preflight inspection and that the airplane’s tail section was “picked” up and slammed several times onto the ground.
He examined the airplane and did not find any anomalies.
He said there was no control issues or anomalies during takeoff but that, during the flight to the accident airport, he felt the airplane was out of trim.
The FAA inspector reported that, during a post-accident examination, he could not determine if the damage to the tailwheel was sustained before the accident or when the airplane hit the ditch.
Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during landing.
NTSB Identification: GAA18CA359
This June 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.