NTSB Identification: ATL02LA157.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, July 02, 2002 in Brunswick, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/01/2003
Aircraft: Cessna 182M, registration: N71785
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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During landing roll, the pilot inadvertently applied the right brake when attempting to apply the right rudder to correct for wind conditions. The airplane veered to the right, rolled off the runway and struck a runway marker before directional control was regained. The pilot reported no mechanical defect or malfunction prior to the collision. Examination of the wreckage revealed the right horizontal stabilizer was damaged, the empennage displayed wrinkling from the rear window aft to the tail, and the airframe was buckled under the left horizontal stabilizer.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during landing roll, which resulted in an on-ground collision with a runway sign. A factor was the pilot's inadvertent application of the right brake.

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