NTSB Identification: IAD03LA009.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, October 22, 2002 in Waterville, ME
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/28/2004
Aircraft: Cessna 185, registration: N7321H
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.

The pilot reported that after landing, a gust of wind caught the tail of the airplane from the left. The pilot applied the brakes, and the airplane nosed over. The pilot also reported that he was operating in the traffic pattern with other airplanes, based on ASOS information of winds about 70 degrees from the left, at 7 to 10 miles per hour. Winds recorded 3 minutes after the accident were 130 degrees from the left, at 6, gusting to 15 knots.

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

The pilot's excessive braking during the landing roll, which resulted in a nose over. A factor was the quartering tailwind.

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