Accident Maule MX-7-180C Star Rocket N1052U, Wednesday 4 February 2015
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Date:Wednesday 4 February 2015
Type:Silhouette image of generic M7 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Maule MX-7-180C Star Rocket
Owner/operator:Southern Aircraft Consultancy Inc Trustee
Registration: N1052U
MSN: 28007C
Year of manufacture:1998
Engine model:Lycoming 0-360-C1F
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Strathaven Airfield, Couplaw Farm, Strathaven, South Lanarkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Perth/Scone Airfeld (EGPT/PSL)
Destination airport:Strathaven Airfield, Couplaw Farm, Strathaven, South Lanarkshire
Investigating agency: AAIB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Substantially damaged 4 February 2015 when collided with a tree on approach to Strathaven Airfield, Couplaw Farm, Strathaven, South Lanarkshire. The aircraft was substantially damaged, and may well be a write off. Damage sustained to the airframe included damage to the right landing gear, windscreen, fuselage, wings and struts, propeller, engine, cowling and empennage. According to the following extract from the AAIB report into the accident:

"The aircraft had turned from right base leg onto finals for Runway 27, having flown from Perth without incident. The pilot adjusted the propeller rpm to 2,500 and set 10 lb manifold pressure. He commenced the final descent from 800 feet, selecting three stages of flap, and states that the approach was “fine” as the aircraft cleared a tall tree in its path.

He then glanced at the airspeed indicator and saw that it was reading 55 mph (against a target speed of 60-70 mph) and decreasing, whilst the aircraft was sinking. The pilot applied full power, but the engine “coughed” and then stopped.

He lowered the nose slightly and tried to turn the aircraft left to force land in a field but it stalled, struck trees beneath him and came to rest in the field. The pilot was uninjured but the aircraft suffered substantial damage".

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Damage to right landing gear, windscreen, fuselage, wings and struts, propeller, engine, cowling and empennage". However, the US Registration N1052U was only cancelled some time later, on 28-03-2016

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Report number: EW/G2015/02/01
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


1. AAIB;
2. FAA:

History of this aircraft

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Revision history:

19-Apr-2015 17:45 Dr. John Smith Added
19-Apr-2015 17:52 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type]
20-Aug-2015 17:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
15-Jul-2016 21:32 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Source, Damage, Narrative]
15-Jul-2016 21:35 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Destination airport]
15-Jul-2016 21:36 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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