NTSB Identification: ERA11CA199
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, March 19, 2011 in Taunton, MA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/20/2011
Aircraft: LUSCOMBE 8E, registration: N2790K
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 stated that the purpose of the flight was to prepare for a biennial flight review. The approach and landing were uneventful; however, on the landing roll, at taxi speed, a strong crosswind gust, which exceeded rudder authority, causing the airplane to ground loop. The pilot applied the brakes which resulted in the airplane nosing over incurring substantial damage to the fuselage, wings, and empennage sections. The pilot stated that the wind was variable from 030 to 300 degrees gusting from 12 knots to 22 knots, and there were no mechanical failures or malfunctions of the airplane or any of its systems prior to the accident.

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

The pilot's inadvertent application of the brakes during recovery from a ground loop which resulted in a nose over.

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