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NTSB Identification: GAA17CA010
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, October 06, 2016 in Boca Reservoir, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/15/2016
Aircraft: JOE SALOMONE SUPER CUB SQ2, registration: N786AB
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 of the tailwheel equipped airplane with tundra tires, reported that after landing off airport next to a reservoir, the tires became stuck in muddy terrain. He further reported that he decided to "use power and elevator to unstick the tires". The tires loosened from the mud, however, when he applied additional power the airplane nosed over.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to its vertical stabilizer and rudder.

The pilot reported that there were no pre impact 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 accident as follows:
  • The pilot's decision to continue the taxi on unsuitable muddy terrain, which resulted in a nose-over.