Aircraft: Luscombe 8E Injuries: 1 Minor. Location: Apex, N.C. Aircraft damage: Substantial
What reportedly happened: The pilot was conducting a full-stop landing. He executed a normal landing, lowered the tail and was rolling fast.
The airplane was on the center line with 300 to 400 feet of runway remaining. He stated he applied the brakes aggressively, which lifted the tail and caused the propeller to strike the ground. The airplane then flipped over and came to rest inverted, substantially damaging the vertical stabilizer and wings.
A post-accident examination revealed no mechanical malfunctions or anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.
Probable cause: The pilot’s excessive application of the brakes, which caused the airplane to nose over.
NTSB Identification: ERA11CA281
This May 2011 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.