NTSB Identification: CEN12CA148
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, February 05, 2012 in Thedford, NE
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/03/2012
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18, registration: N3671Z
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that, during the landing roll, the left main landing gear hit a patch of ice on the runway, and the airplane began to veer to the left. The pilot’s efforts to correct the veer were unsuccessful, and the airplane spun more than 90 degrees to the left and impacted a snowbank. The airplane nosed over and came to rest inverted. The airplane’s fuselage, right wing, and right wing strut were substantially damaged during the accident.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

The pilot did not maintain directional control during landing, which resulted in a runway excursion.

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