NTSB Identification: WPR10CA101
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, January 07, 2010 in Palm Springs, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/23/2010
Aircraft: CESSNA 195B, registration: N2171C
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 commercial pilot reported that he was landing the tailwheel-equipped airplane on a dry, hard-surfaced runway. He stated that during the landing rollout, as he was transitioning his feet from the bottom of the rudder pedals to the top, he applied too much brake pressure and the airplane nosed over. He further stated that he suffers from diabetic neuropathy and did not initially realize how much brake pressure he applied. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and the tail assembly. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane. The pilot does not possess a current Federal Aviation Administration medical certificate.

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

The pilot's improper use of brakes during landing.

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