Saturday, August 18, 2018

Loss of Control on Ground: Maule MX-7-180A, N7ZV; accident occurred August 09, 2018 in Valdez, Alaska

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage, Alaska

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Valdez, AK

Accident Number: GAA18CA489
Date & Time: 08/09/2018, 1600 AKD
Registration: N7ZV
Aircraft: Maule MX7
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot of the tailwheel equipped airplane reported that, he performed a 3-point landing on a sandbar, but the airplane bounced, and upon touchdown, the right main landing gear struck a rock, and the airplane nosed over and impacted the terrain.

The pilot added that he landed with "too much speed."

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left-wing lift strut.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 57, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 02/06/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/17/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1080 hours (Total, all aircraft), 800 hours (Total, this make and model), 912 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 38 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 8 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Maule
Registration: N7ZV
Model/Series: MX7 180A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 20018C
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/04/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2400 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1377 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C126 installed, activated, aided in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-360-C4F
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 180 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PAAQ, 230 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 58 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2353 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 261°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 3700 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 6500 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 130°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.75 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / 12°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Willow, AK (02AK)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Valdez, AK
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1500 AKD
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 61.760556, -147.080556 (est)

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