Saturday, February 20, 2021

Nose Over: Maule MX-7-180A Sportplane, N897DC; accident occurred September 07, 2020 in Brazoria, Texas

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Pullen Endeavors LLC

Location: Brazoria, Texas 
Accident Number: CEN20CA388
Date & Time: September 7, 2020, 09:30 Local 
Registration: N897DC
Aircraft: Maule MX7 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Nose over/nose down
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal


The pilot reported that he was attempting an off-airport landing in a tailwheel-equipped airplane to a location that he had not previously landed. He stated that just prior to touchdown he realized it was not a suitable landing area and he initiated a go-around. During the go around, the airplane touched down on soft ground and tall grass, which caused the airplane to sink into the ground and nose over. The right lift strut was substantially damaged.

The pilot reported no preimpact mechanical anomalies with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot’s failure to maintain airplane control during a go-around from unsuitable terrain.


Personnel issues Decision making/judgment - Pilot
Personnel issues Aircraft control - Pilot
Environmental issues Rough terrain - Decision related to condition

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-aborted after touchdown Nose over/nose down (Defining event)

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

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

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