NTSB Identification: MIA91LA104.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 43714.
Accident occurred Wednesday, March 20, 1991 in LA BELLE, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/25/1993
Aircraft: PIPER PA-38-112, registration: N25459
Injuries: 1 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.

DURING THE LANDING ROLL ON THE GRASS ADJACENT TO RWY 14 WITH A WIND FROM THE EAST AT 5 KTS, THE PLT LOST CONTROL OF THE ACFT AFTER HE REACHED DOWN & PULLED THE PARKING BRAKE HANDLE TO APPLY THE BRAKES. THE ACFT YAWED TO THE RIGHT WHICH COLLAPSED THE RT MAIN & NOSE LANDING GEARS & CAME TO REST. AS A RESULT OF THE COLLAPSE OF THE RT GEAR, THE BRAKE LINE BROKE. IT WAS REPLACED & NO FURTHER BRAKE SYSTEM COMPONENTS WERE REPLACED. THE ACFT WAS REPAIRED & FLOWN FROM THE ACCIDENT SITE TO THE NEW OWNER'S FACILITY. THE OWNER STATED THAT THE BRAKES OPERATED NORMALLY WHEN USING THE PARKING BRAKE HANDLE.

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

FAILURE OF THE STUDENT PILOT TO MAINTAIN DIRECTIONAL CONTROL DURING THE LANDING ROLL. CONTRIBUTING TO THE ACCIDENT WAS THE FACT THAT THE PILOT DIVERTED HIS ATTENTION WHEN HE PULLED THE PARKING BRAKE HANDLE TO APPLY THE BRAKES.

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