The pilot, accompanied by a passenger, was practicing touch and go landings in the Luscombe 8A at the airport in Madera, Calif.
After a series of uneventful landings, he decided to perform a full-stop landing.
As he transitioned from the landing to the ground roll, he applied pressure to the foot brakes, and the plane swerved and went off the runway.
The left wing hit the ground and was substantially damaged, along with the aft fuselage structure.
The NTSB determined the probable cause as the pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll.
NTSB Identification: WPR13CA150
This March 2013 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.