Thursday, June 19, 2014

Maule MX-7-235 Star Rocket , N5665A: Accident occurred June 19, 2014 in Port Orchard, Washington

NTSB Identification: WPR14CA254
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, June 19, 2014 in Port Orchard, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/24/2014
Aircraft: MAULE MX 7-235, registration: N5665A
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 reported that as he flew over the airstrip, winds were light in the area and the wind sock indicated 4-6 knots. He decided to land with full flaps. Immediately after touchdown the airplane collided with a rut which resulted in two bounces. The pilot added power and rudder control after the first bounce and then noticed the airplane was being pushed to the left by variable wind conditions. After the second bounce he noticed more significant wind conditions and aborted the landing by advancing full throttle. The pilot stated he " …got hit with a pretty substantial windshear…" The airplane collided with trees on the left side of the airstrip and nosed over. The fuselage and wings were substantially damaged. The pilot reported no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's delayed remedial action and failure to maintain directional control.

FAA Seattle FSDO-01

A small plane has crashed at Vaughan Ranch Airfield Port Orchard.

Kitsap County dispatchers said the crash happened around 5:43 p.m. Thursday. 

While it's unknown how many people were on board, minor injuries were sustained.  

A photo taken at the scene shows the plane upside down on the ground.

Kitsap Fire crews and Kitsap County Sheriff's deputies are at the scene.