NTSB Identification: ERA10CA334
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, June 26, 2010 in Gordonsville, VA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/20/2010
Aircraft: SILVAIRE LUSCOMBE 8A, registration: N1516B
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.

According to the student pilot, during the landing roll on runway 23, he overcompensated for a left crosswind and the tailwheel-equipped airplane departed the right side of the runway. The student pilot also stated that he applied brake pressure “too forcefully,” and the airplane nosed over, resulting in substantial damage to the fuselage, left wing, and tail section. The student pilot further reported that there were no pre-accident mechanical malfunctions or failures of the airplane. He also reported 82 hours of total flight experience, 25 of which were in make and model. The winds reported around the time of the accident, about 8 miles northeast of the accident site, were from 170 degrees at 4 knots.

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

The student pilot’s failure to maintain directional control, and his excessive braking during the landing rollout.

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