Sunday, September 13, 2020

Loss of Control on Ground : Maule MX-7-180A Sportplane, N897DC; accident occurred September 07, 2020 in Brazoria, Texas

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston,Texas 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Brazoria, Texas 
Accident Number: CEN20CA388
Date & Time: September 7, 2020, 09:30 Local
Registration: N897DC
Aircraft: Maule MX7 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 62,Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land 
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With waivers/limitations Last FAA Medical Exam: April 6, 2020
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: April 2, 2019
Flight Time: 287 hours (Total, all aircraft), 26 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Maule
Registration: N897DC
Model/Series: MX7 180A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1993
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal 
Serial Number: 20012C
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Date/Type of Last Inspection: August 1, 2020 Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection: 6 Hrs 
Engines: Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated 
Engine Model/Series: O-360
Registered Owner:
Rated Power: 180 Horsepower
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation:
Distance from Accident Site:
Observation Time: 15:53 Local 
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 2300 ft AGL 
Visibility 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 100° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.95 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 30°C / 25°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Houston, TX (LVJ) 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Houston, TX (LVJ)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 07:30 Local 
Type of Airspace: Class D


Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation:
Runway Surface Condition: Soft; Vegetation
Runway Used:
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: Go around

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 29.177499,-95.200279

HOUSTON — A pilot walked away from a crash after he says he misjudged how tall grass was while he was landing in Brazoria County on Monday.

The plane – a single-engine fixed wing aircraft -- landed in wildlife refuge field off FM 2004 and Chocolate Bayou. A photo from the Texas Department of Public Safety showed the aircraft upside down.

The pilot was the only person onboard.

DPS officials say they’re waiting on a heavy-duty wrecker to pull the plane out so they can investigate if mechanical failure had anything to do with the accident.

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