NTSB Identification: GAA15CA289
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, September 23, 2015 in Merritt Island, FL
Aircraft: CESSNA 195, registration: N3484V
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.
According to the pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane, he performed a wheel landing on the asphalt runway. The pilot stated that he landed at a speed of 70 miles per hour, and that he allowed the tailwheel to touch down on the runway at approximately 45 miles per hour. He stated that when the tailwheel touched down, the airplane rapidly veered to the left and he attempted to correct the left movement by applying right rudder as well as the brakes. Excessive braking resulted in a nose over. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage, wings and empennage.
Photographs provided by the FAA showed the airplane veering about 30 degrees toward the left edge of the runway. The left tire mark showed in excess of 30 feet of full tread width, dark black, rubber skid, while the right tire mark showed continual skidding of the inside (right) edge and intermittent full tread width skids. About 30 feet from where the airplane came to rest inverted, the left skid mark lightened up showing continual tread edge skidding and intermittent full tread width skids, and the airplane had turned to the right paralleling to the runway edge. No tailwheel marks were visible in the photographs. The airplane came to rest inverted about 75 feet short of the B4 intersection.
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Orlando FSDO-15
A husband and wife received minor injuries after a landing mishap in their vintage airplane at Merritt Island Airport on Wednesday afternoon.
The husband, who was piloting the plane, and his wife were the only ones on board the 1948 Cessna 195. It's likely the plane flipped over after the pilot hit the brakes too hard, according to Brevard County Fire Rescue spokesperson Don Walker.
The aircraft is a so-called tail-dragger, with two main landing gear under the wing and a small, swivel wheel at the tail. Many modern light airplanes are built with a tricycle-style gear, with three wheels grouped near the nose.
The couple was transported to Cape Canaveral Hospital. Walker says they had flown to Winter Haven for lunch and were returning from that trip.The airplanes tail number indicates it is owned by a Satellite Beach man. Fire officials did not identify the man and woman injured in the mishap.
"We're pretty fortunate that minor injuries were all that resulted," said Walker.
The airport was closed until the crash scene was cleared by around 3:30 p.m. Walker noted that some fuel was also spilled on the runway.
The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.
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