Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Grumman-Schweizer G-164A, N8872H: Accident occurred April 25, 2016 in Madison, Greenwood County, Kansas


NTSB Identification: GAA16CA200
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Monday, April 25, 2016 in Madison, KS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/01/2016
Aircraft: GRUMMAN ACFT ENG COR-SCHWEIZER G 164, registration: N8872H
Injuries: 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.

The pilot of a tailwheel-equipped bi-plane reported that he was performing a short field landing on a rough grass runway. The pilot further reported that he applied the brakes immediately after touchdown, and then felt the main landing gear "grab" and the tail begin to rise. Subsequently, the bi-plane nosed over on the runway. The pilot reported that he "should not have applied the brakes so soon" after touchdown. 

The vertical stabilizer sustained substantial damage.

The pilot did not report any mechanical malfunctions or failures with the bi-plane that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's incorrect brake application during the landing roll, which resulted in a nose over.

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