Slippery pedals lead to nose over

Aircraft: Piper Super Cub. Injuries: None. Location: Dyersburg, Tenn. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was practicing takeoffs and landings.

During the second landing, the airplane bounced. The pilot’s foot slipped off the right rudder pedal, landing on the right heel brake. The airplane nosed over and came to rest on its back.

Probable cause: The pilot’s inadvertent braking during the landing roll.

NTSB Identification: ERA12CA047

This October 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.


  1. Vaughn S. Price says

    I have flown almost every light aircraft fitted with heel brakes, How do you work the rudder pedals without your heels on the floor? plus I have flown 139 different general aviation makes & models, no brakes, toe brakes, johnson bar brakes, heel brakes, push button power brakes etc. in 15000 hrs I have never done damage other than paint scuffs.
    Some of the pilots? having these minor mishaps are not very alert or skilled

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