NTSB Identification: CEN11CA203
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, February 24, 2011 in Hannibal, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/20/2011
Aircraft: CESSNA 195A, registration: N9325A
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 departed from a grass airstrip in wet conditions. He said that the short 15 minute flight was uneventful. However, upon landing, both main wheels on the tailwheel-equipped airplane would not turn. Full aft elevator control was not sufficient to maintain control and the airplane nosed over. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the vertical and horizontal stabilizers. He reported that the brakes were firm when checked on final approach. He added that immediately after the accident the main wheels could not be rotated. Although approximately 45 minutes later, they were free to rotate. He said noted that the temperature was about 35 degrees Fahrenheit. He recalled thinking that water which accumulated on the brakes during takeoff may have frozen during the flight.

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

The pilot's inability to maintain control during landing due to seized main landing gear wheels, which caused the airplane to nose over.

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