Aircraft: Cessna 140A. Injuries: None. Location: Kent, Wash. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The CFI and his student were practicing landings in a tailwheel airplane in preparation for the student’s first solo.
On the fourth landing, the student inadvertently applied brakes during the landing roll, which resulted in the airplane nosing over, causing substantial damage to the fuselage and tail.
Probable cause: The student pilot’s inadvertent application of the brakes during the landing roll, which resulted in the airplane nosing over.
NTSB Identification: WPR11CA408
This August 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.