NTSB Identification: SEA01LA103.
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Accident occurred Monday, May 21, 2001 in Brush Prairie, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/02/2001
Aircraft: Piper J3F-65, registration: N29042
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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The first pilot, a certified flight instructor, and the second pilot, a private pilot receiving instruction, were back taxing on the westbound turf runway. The first pilot said that during the high-speed taxi maneuver, the airplane veered to the left. He stated he compensated by applying rudder; however, the airplane continued to the left, encountered tall grass, and nosed over. The pilot reported that the winds at the time of the accident were from the northwest at 10-15 knots. No mechanical difficulties or malfunctions were reported.

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

The first pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control during a high-speed taxi maneuver. Tall grass adjacent to the runway was a factor.

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