Tuesday, June 01, 2021

Maule M-5-235C Lunar Rocket, N9254E: Accident occurred May 29, 2021 Stanley, Custer County, Idaho

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. 

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boise, Idaho

Location: Stanley, ID
Accident Number: WPR21LA212
Date & Time: May 29, 2021, 11:00 Local
Registration: N9254E
Aircraft: Maule M-5-235C 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On May 29, 2021, about 1100 mountain daylight time, a Maule M-5-235C, N9254E, was damaged when it was involved in an accident near Stanley, Idaho. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91

The pilot reported that the airplanes takeoff and climb from Johnson Creek Airport (3U2), about 30 minutes prior to the accident, was uneventful. Having reached an altitude of about 10,000 ft mean sea level (msl), he reduced engine power and initiated a descent into Thomas Creek Airport (2U8), with the intention of performing a low approach to check the runway surface, and then landing if conditions allowed.

About 500 ft short of the runway threshold the pilot applied full engine throttle, and the engine responded, but then began to progressively lose power. He pulled the carburetor heat control, confirmed the engine mixture was set correctly, and began to turn the airplane away from rising terrain. The airplane would not climb, and while he maneuvered it through a neighboring canyon, the engine began to regain power. He continued to assess the surrounding terrain and decided that there was not sufficient space to safely turn the airplane around. He then observed a flat area and attempted to maneuver the airplane to that spot and perform a landing at the lowest possible airspeed. During the landing flare, the airplane struck a log, and nosed over.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Maule 
Registration: N9254E
Model/Series: M-5-235C
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMYL,5024 ft msl 
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site: 55 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 6°C /3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 220°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.17 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Johnson Creek Airport, ID (3U2)
Destination: Stanley, ID

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 44.67962,-115.01661 

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