Aircraft: Fairchild 24 C8C. Injuries: None. Location: Redmond, Ore. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot received his tailwheel endorsement in another airplane make. His total flight time in the Fairchild was about one hour.
The pilot told investigators that he had difficulty controlling the airplane with the rudder and the brakes. He stated that, at times, the brakes grabbed and the airplane moved erratically, but he believed that he was improving.
The pilot-rated passenger, who accompanied the pilot on the accident flight, noted that he had warned the pilot that the airplane had sensitive brakes.
During the accident landing roll, the pilot applied improper rudder/brake pressure and the airplane nosed over.
Probable cause: The pilot’s loss of airplane control as a result of excessive brake application. Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s lack of experience in the airplane.
NTSB Identification: WPR12CA158