NTSB Identification: CEN12CA394
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, June 26, 2012 in Fredricksburg, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/04/2012
Aircraft: BOEING B75N1, registration: N50082
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 pilot reported that he was landing the tailwheel-equipped airplane and that the landing roll was smooth as the tail came down. He indicated that there was then no rudder control and that the airplane veered left. He brought the control stick back and applied right brake. The propeller struck the runway and the airplane nosed over. The vertical tail and rudder sustained substantial damage during the noseover. The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions with the airplane during the flight and stated that he probably should have dropped the tail earlier in the landing roll to avoid the loss of rudder control.

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

The pilot's excessive brake application, leading to a noseover during the landing. Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s delay in lowering the tail after landing.

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