This February 2007 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Posted as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.
Aircraft: Luscombe 8A.
Location: Compton, Calif.
Injuries: 2 Minor.
Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot attempted to allow his passenger, who was not a current pilot, to land the airplane while the pilot “followed” him on the controls.
When the airplane began to veer to the side of the runway, the pilot instructed the passenger to relinquish the controls, in particular the rudder pedals. The passenger did not comply despite the pilot’s repeated requests. This hindered the pilot’s ability to maintain control of the airplane. The Luscombe veered off the runway and into a parked airplane and a wall.
Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during landing rollout. A contributing factor was the passenger’s interference with the pilot’s manipulation of the controls.
For more information: NTSB.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20070327X00328&key=1.