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NTSB Identification: GAA16CA061
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, November 24, 2015 in Fort Morgan, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/14/2016
Aircraft: MELVIN K CALLEN BACKCOUNTRY SUPERCUB, registration: N842MC
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 during final approach he observed "prairie dog holes" on the private grass runway. The touchdown was "normal," but during the rollout the pilot observed additional prairie dog holes ahead and applied the brakes. Subsequently, the airplane skidded for about 50 feet on the "soft and sandy" area of the runway and nosed over. The vertical stabilizer sustained substantial damaged.

The pilot reported there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.


The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The pilot's excessive braking during the landing roll, which resulted in a nose over.