Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Maule MX-7-160 Sportplane, N888WF: Accident occurred May 23, 2017 in Sidney, Kennebec County, Maine

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Maine

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA304
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, May 23, 2017 in Sidney, ME
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/20/2017
Aircraft: MAULE MX7, registration: N888WF
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 takeoff from a grass airstrip, he applied full power, and the airplane veered to the left “more than normal,” and he “was late” to correct with right rudder. The airplane impacted a tree, the left wing separated, and the airplane came to rest on its left side.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:

The pilot’s delayed application of rudder and failure to maintain directional control during takeoff.

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