NTSB Identification: GAA16CA255
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, May 21, 2016 in Braham, MN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/03/2016
Aircraft: JOHN STEVEN CATURIA REPLICA PA18, registration: N419JC
Injuries: 2 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.
The pilot of the tailwheel equipped airplane reported that during landing on a grass field on a farm, when he applied the brakes the airplane immediately pitched forward and nosed over.
He further reported that "the combination of long grass and braking created a forward momentum that he could not recover from."
A postaccident examination revealed substantial damage to the empennage.
According to the pilot, there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's selection of unsuitable terrain for landing, which resulted in a nose over.