GENERAL INFORMATION FOR NTSB REPORT: ANC00LA094
Data Source NTSB AVIATION ACCIDENT/INCIDENT DATABASE
NTSB Report Nbr ANC00LA094
Event Id 20001212X21360
Local Date 07/25/2000
Local Time 1130
State AK
Airport Name MERLE K (MUDHOLE) SMITH
Event Type ACCIDENT
Injury Severity MINOR
Record Status
Mid Air Collision NO
Event Location ON AIRPORT/AIRSTRIP

WEATHER INFORMATION
Weather Briefing Complete UNKNOWN
Basic Weather Conditions VISUAL METEOROLOGICAL COND
Light Condition DAY
Cloud Condition UNKNOWN
Cloud Height above Ground Level (ft) 0
Ceiling Height above Ground Level (ft) 1600
Cloud Type BROKEN
Visibility RVR (ft) 0
Visibility RVV (sm) 0
Visibility (sm) 10
Wind Direction (deg) 214
Wind Condition Flag U
Wind Speed (knots) 4
Wind Condition Indicated Unknown

AIRCRAFT INFORMATION
Aircraft 1
Type of Operation PART 91: GENERAL AVIATION
Registration Number N1755P
Aircraft Make PIPER
Aircraft Model PA18
Aircraft Series UNDESIGNATED SERIES
Aircraft Damage SUBSTANTIAL
Aircraft Fire NONE
Aircraft Explosion NONE
Aircraft Type AIRPLANE
Aircraft Homebuilt UNKNOWN
Phase of Flight LANDING
Aircraft Use PERSONAL
Flight Plan Filed NONE
Operator Name ALVIN B. FULTON
Operator Doing Business As
Owner Name CONRAD A. JOHNSON
Number of Seats 2
Number of Engines 1
ELT Installed YES
ELT Operated NO
Departure Airport Id CKU
Departure City
Departure State ALASKA
Last Departure Point YES
Destination Local DEST & DEPARTURE SAME, ACCIDENT CAN OCCUR ANYWHERE
Destination Airport Id PACV
Destination City
Destination State ALASKA
Runway Id 0
Runway Length 1875
Runway Width 30
Air Carrier Operating Certificates NO
Air Carrier Other Operating Certificates UNKNOWN
Rotocraft/Agriculture Operating Certificate UNKNOWN
Cert Max Gross Wgt 1750

ENGINE INFORMATION

Aircraft 1 - Engine : #1
Engine Manufactuer Lycoming
Engine Model O-320-A2B
Engine Horsepower 150
Engine Thrust HP
Carb/Injection CARBURETOR

INJURY INFORMATION
Injury Summary for Aircraft 1
Fatal Serious Minor None
Crew 0 0 0 0
Pass 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 1 0
Sequence of Events for Aircraft 1
Occurrence #1
NOSE OVER
Phase of Operation: LANDING - ROLL

Events Sequence for Occurrence #1 of Aircraft 1
Event Seq # Event Group Code Subject Modifier Personnel Cause/Factor
1 1 LANDING GEAR, NORMAL BRAKE SYSTEM ACTIVATED
2 2 BRAKES (NORMAL) EXCESSIVE PILOT IN COMMAND CAUSE




AIRCRAFT 1 PRELIMINARY REPORT


On July 25, 2000, about 1130 Alaska daylight time, a tundra tire equipped Piper PA-18 airplane, N1755P, sustained substantial damage during landing at the Merle K. (Mudhole) Smith Airport, Cordova, Alaska. The airplane was being operated as a visual flight rules (VFR) local area personal flight, when the accident occurred. The airplane was operated by the pilot. The private certificated pilot, the sole occupant, received minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed. The flight originated at the Cordova Municipal Airport, Cordova, about 1030. During a telephone conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge (IIC), on July 26, the pilot reported that he had been practicing touch and go landings. He landed on runway 16 which has a gravel surface, and is 1,875 feet long. The pilot said he applied the brakes to come to a stop, and the airplane nosed over. The airplane received damage to the propeller, wings, windshield, and rudder.

AIRCRAFT 1 FINAL REPORT


The private certificated pilot was landing a tailwheel-equipped airplane on a gravel surface. The pilot applied the brakes to come to a stop, and the airplane nosed over. The airplane received damage to the propeller, wings, windshield, and rudder.

AIRCRAFT 1 CAUSE REPORT


The pilot's excessive application of the airplane's brakes.


END REPORT