Heavy braking bends airplane

This January 2010 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.

Aircraft: Cessna 195B. Injuries: 1 Minor. Location: Palm Springs, Calif. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to land the tailwheel-equipped airplane on a dry, hard-surfaced runway. During the landing rollout, as he was moving his feet from the rudder pedals to the brakes, he applied too much pressure and the airplane nosed over and sustained substantial damage.

He told investigators that he suffers from diabetic neuropathy and did not initially realize how much brake pressure he applied.

Probable cause: The pilot’s improper use of brakes during landing.

For more information: NTSB.gov. NTSB Identification: WPR10CA101

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