On July 2, 2002, at 1300 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 182M, N71785, registered to a private owner and operated by the pilot, collided with a runway marker during landing roll at Malcolm McKinnon Airport in Brunswick, Georgia. The personal flight was operated under the provisions of Title 14 CFR Part 91 with no flight plan filed. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The private pilot and passenger were not injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The flight departed DeKalb - Peachtree Airport in Atlanta, Georgia, at 1100.

According to the pilot, during landing roll after touchdown on runway 4, he inadvertently applied the right brake when attempting to apply the right rudder to correct for wind conditions. The airplane veered to the right, rolled off the runway and struck a runway marker before directional control was regained.

The pilot reported no mechanical defect or malfunction prior to the collision. Examination of the wreckage revealed the right horizontal stabilizer was damaged, the empennage displayed wrinkling from the rear window aft to the tail, and the airframe was buckled under the left horizontal stabilizer.

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