NTSB Identification: ANC97LA057.
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Accident occurred Thursday, April 17, 1997 in PALMER, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/29/1998
Aircraft: Bellanca 8GCBC, registration: N333HT
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot was landing a tail-wheel equipped airplane on a remote, 900 foot long gravel area. Just after touchdown, the pilot applied right rudder pressure. The airplane began to skid on the gravel surface, and then nosed over. After the accident, a can of spray wax was observed lodged under the right rudder pedal. The pilot indicated that when he applied right rudder pressure, the wedged spray can allowed the rudder pedal to pivot forward and activate the right toe brake.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

the pilot's inadequate preflight, and a foreign object (can) that became jammed under the rudder pedal, which resulted in an inadvertent activation of the right brake.

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