NTSB Identification: GAA16CA204
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Monday, April 18, 2016
Probable Cause Approval Date:
PIPER PA 18, registration:
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 of the tailwheel equipped airplane reported that during the landing roll on a sandbar, and as the sand transitioned from dry sand to wet sand, he applied brakes and the airplane nosed over.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the lift strut and the empennage.
According to the pilot there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this
The pilot's decision to land on unsuitable terrain and incorrect brake application during the landing roll, which resulted in a nose over.