Aircraft: Cessna 195B. Injuries: None. Location: Camdenton, Mo. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The pilot, accompanied by a pilot-rated passenger, was practicing takeoffs and landings. The passenger reported that he was on the flight controls “following lightly” with the pilot.
The first three landings went well. On the fourth landing, however, the plane bounced, then veered to the right and off the runway.
The left main landing gear collapsed and the airplane came to rest in the grass area next to the runway.
The pilot noted that a skid mark on the runway indicated that the right brake might have inadvertently been applied during the landing.
Probable cause: The pilot’s loss of directional control on landing, which resulted in a runway excursion.
NTSB Identification: CEN12CA450
This July 2012 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.