NTSB Identification: WPR14CA212
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, May 18, 2014 in Arlington, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/18/2014
Aircraft: PIPER PA 18A, registration: N7474D
Injuries: 2 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 while taxing the tailwheel equipped airplane, the slight crosswind became a tail wind. Both he and his passenger may have both hit the brakes at the same time, which resulted in the airplane nosing over and substantially damaging the tail.

There was no report of a preimpact mechanical malfunction or failure that would have precluded normal operation.

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

The pilot's improper application of brakes during taxi in tailwind conditions, which resulted in a loss of aircraft control and subsequent nose over.

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