This April 2008 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: Aeronca 15AC. Injuries: None. Location: Anchorage, Alaska. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot of a tundra tire-equipped airplane related that after landing on a dry paved runway, he added engine power to expedite his taxi to the next taxiway intersection. As the airplane approached the intersection, the pilot applied heavy braking action while turning to the left, and the airplane nosed over. The pilot reported in his written statement to the NTSB that the airplane was equipped with double puck wheel brakes and 29-inch tundra tires, and he noted that excessive use of the brakes would cause the airplane to nose over. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the wings and vertical stabilizer.
Probable cause: The pilot’s excessive use of brakes during the landing roll. A factor was excessive taxi speed.
For more information: NTSB.gov