Friday, January 13, 2017

Maule MX-7-180B Star Rocket, N591SB: Accident occurred November 10, 2016 in Port Aransas, Nueces County, Texas

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Docket And Docket Items - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Factual Report  -  National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA068
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, November 10, 2016 in Port Aransas, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/06/2017
Aircraft: MAULE MX7, registration: N591SB
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 the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that during the landing roll the airplane encountered wind gusts. The pilot further reported that his “attention evidently wandered” and he did not correct for the wind gusts quick enough. Subsequently, the airplane weather vaned into the wind and ground looped. 

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

A review of the local weather on the airfield, about the time of the accident, recorded the wind from 030 degrees true, at 14 nautical miles per hour (knots). The pilot landed on runway 30.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control of the airplane during landing with a crosswind.

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