Aircraft: Bellanca 7GCBC. Injuries: None. Location: Sidney, Neb. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: According to the pilot, during the landing rollout as the airplane slowed, it started veering to the right. He applied left rudder and left brake to correct the problem. The tail came up, the propeller struck the ground, and the airplane nosed over.
The pilot reported that when he rotated the tires after the accident, the left tire turned freely but the right tire would only turn with pressure.
However, when the airport manager, who was also a licensed A&P, and local law enforcement officials examined the brake system after the accident, the wheels both spun normally.
Additionally, after the airplane was placed back on its landing gear and towed to a hanger, the wheels rolled normally.
Probable cause: The pilot’s misuse of the brakes during landing, which resulted in the airplane nosing over.
NTSB Identification: CEN12LA556
This August 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.