NTSB Identification: DEN82DA069
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, April 23, 1982 in HARDIN, MT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/23/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-18-150, registration: N1759P
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

THE PILOT AND HIS COPILOT WERE ON A FLIGHT TO A PRIVATE RANCH STRIP. THE PILOT REPORTED THAT HIS APPROACH WAS NORMAL, EXCEPT IT WAS HOT AND GROUND EFFECT CARRIED THE PLANE A LITTLE TOO FAR. HE STATED THAT THE FIELD WAS SOFT, AND WHEN HE APPLIED BRAKES LIGHTLY, THE PLANE NOSED OVER. THE COPILOT STATED THAT THE AIRCRAFT SKIDDED AND WENT UPSIDE DOWN. IN AN INTERVIEW SHORTLY AFTER THE ACCIDENT, THE PILOT SAID THAT THE AIRCRAFT HAD RECENTLY BEEN MODIFIED WITH CLEVELAND BRAKES AND THAT HE WAS NOT COMPLETELY ACCUSTOMED TO THEM. THE WIND WAS CALM, THE TEMPERATURE WAS 74 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT, AND THE FIELD ELEVATION WAS ABOUT 2800 FT.

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

BRAKES(NORMAL)..IMPROPER USE OF..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH DENSITY ALTITUDE


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SOFT

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