Luscombe 8A Silvaire, G-AKTN
The pilot, who had approximately 60 hours experience on tailwheel aircraft but only two hours on type, had completed a check flight on the Luscombe 8A a few weeks earlier. He reported that on this landing the aircraft had floated much longer than he had previously experienced and did not slow down as quickly as expected after touchdown. He applied the brakes towards the end of the landing roll, at an estimated speed of about 20 mph. Initially there was no response, then the brakes locked up, pitching the aircraft over onto its back. Weather conditions at the time of the accident were good, with the wind variable at less than 5 knots and a QNH of 1029 mb. The pilot considered that the long float prior to touchdown and his inexperience on this type, which is not equipped with flaps, were contributory factors.
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