This May 2009 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: Taylorcraft BC12-D. Injuries: None. Location: Nome, Alaska. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The private pilot was attempting to land the tailwheel airplane at a 400-foot-long, uphill, off-airport site. He noted that the departure end of the site was adjacent to a 500-foot-high ocean bluff cliff. He inadvertently touched down about 100 feet beyond his intended touchdown point. Realizing he would be unable to stop the airplane before reaching the end of the runway, he hit the brakes. Despite applying heavy braking, the airplane nosed over.
In his report to the NTSB he said he should have selected a better area to land.
Probable cause: The pilot’s selection of an unsuitable landing/takeoff area.
For more information: NTSB.Gov