NTSB Identification: LAX08CA255.
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Accident occurred Saturday, August 02, 2008 in Grass Valley, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/26/2008
Aircraft: Piper PA-20, registration: N7635K
Injuries: 1 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 pilot reported that he made a wheel landing on the runway. He lowered the tail and started to apply the brakes when his right foot slipped off the rudder pedal. The plane veered left and he applied full left brake to avoid nosing into a drainage ditch head first. During this turn the tail wheel struck a boulder and the right wing tipped down and struck the ground.

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

The pilot's failure to maintain directional control due to his foot slipping off one rudder pedal while braking.

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