Oct. 30, Torrance, Calif. / Cessna 305A


At 14:20 PDT, a Cessna 305A nosed over during landing rollout at Zamperini Field. Neither occupant was injured. The air traffic controllers were in the process of changing the direction of the active runway and the accident pilot was flying one of the last airplanes to land on runway 11R. The pilot said he listened to the ATIS, which gave winds from 300 at 10 but did not realize he would experience a quartering tailwind during landing. The pilot said he performed a normal three-point touchdown but then lost control, veered off the runway and nosed over. The pilot said a malfunction in the tailwheel control system contributed to his inability to steer the airplane.


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