Thursday, February 13, 2020

Maule M-7-260, N309MA: Accident occurred February 02, 2020 at Manchester Airport (KMHT, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire

View of right wing damage. 

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Manchester, NH

Accident Number: ERA20CA098
Date & Time: 02/02/2020, 1255 EST
Registration: N309MA
Aircraft: Maule M7
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, during a crosswind landing, the airplane bounced and veered to the left. The right wing struck the surface and the airplane ground looped to the left.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing.

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

The airport's automated weather observation station reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was from 300° at 8 knots. The pilot was landing the airplane on runway 35. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Commercial
Age: 65, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 11/21/2019
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 08/21/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 13700 hours (Total, all aircraft), 91 hours (Total, this make and model), 5500 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 32 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 17 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Maule
Registration: N309MA
Model/Series: M7 260
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 26002C
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 04/19/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2500 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1618.9 Hours
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: I0-540-V4A5
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 260 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: KMHT, 221 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1753 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 183°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 3900 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 300°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.46 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 3°C / -6°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Manchester, NH (MHT)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Manchester, NH (MHT)
Type of Clearance: Traffic Advisory
Departure Time: 1200 EST
Type of Airspace: Class C

Airport Information

Airport: Manchester (MHT)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 266 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 35
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 9250 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Touch and Go; Traffic Pattern

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: 42.932778, -71.435833 (est)

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