NTSB Identification: LAX06CA127.
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Accident occurred Friday, March 10, 2006 in Mesa, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/30/2006
Aircraft: Cessna 140, registration: N89166
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The airplane nosed over during landing. The pilot noted light precipitation in the area and calm winds as he entered the pattern for landing. On short final he noticed a glossy looking runway and encountered light rain drops on the windscreen. He did a wheel landing and as the airplane rolled out, it drifted right of centerline. As he input corrective action for the right drift, he continued to hold the tail wheel off of the ground in order to maintain the best forward visibility. During these corrective actions, the airplane pitched forward and nosed over, coming to rest inverted. The pilot said the airplane did not have any mechanical malfunctions or failures.

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

the pilot's improper use of the flight controls during landing, which resulted in a nose over.

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