Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Maule M-5-235C Lunar Rocket, N6VD: Accident occurred June 11, 2016 in Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon


FAA Flight Standards District Office:  FAA Boise FSDO-11

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA309
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, June 11, 2016 in Ontario, OR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/12/2016
Aircraft: MAULE MX 7, registration: N6VD
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 a tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that during the landing roll in crosswind conditions, the wind lifted the left wing, and the right wing impacted the ground. The pilot further reported that he attempted to regain control of the airplane, but it continued forward, and the propeller impacted the ground. 

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing. 

According to the pilot there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation. 

A review of recorded data from the automated weather observation station located on the airport, revealed that, about 7 minutes before the accident the wind was 260 degrees true at 10 knots. The airplane landed on runway 32.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during landing, which resulted the right wing impacting the ground, and nose down.

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