Too much brake for grass landing

This August 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: Piper Super Cub Injuries: 1 Minor. Location: Buena, Wash. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot decided to fly to a grass strip and practice landings. During the second landing, while on the landing roll, he applied brakes and the airplane nosed over.

The pilot noted there were no mechanical malfunctions with the airframe or engine. He added that, in hindsight, he felt that the airplane would not have nosed over if he had applied less brake pressure.

Probable cause: The pilot’s excessive brake application, resulting in a nose over.

For more information: NTSB Identification: WPR10CA414

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