Loss of control Accident Maule MX-7-160 Sportplane N3156K, Wednesday 11 January 2017
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Date:Wednesday 11 January 2017
Type:Silhouette image of generic M7 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Maule MX-7-160 Sportplane
Registration: N3156K
MSN: 19036C
Year of manufacture:1995
Total airframe hrs:1057 hours
Engine model:Lycoming O-320-B2D
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Smith County, Carthage, TN -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Lebanon, TN (M54)
Destination airport:Carthage, TN
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The commercial pilot was landing on his 1,100 ft-long private grass airstrip. He set up for a landing to the north due to obstacles and the runway’s upslope in that direction. A witness reported that the wind was "blowing hard," gusting, and variable at the time of the landing. The witness described the approach as normal until just before touchdown, when the left wing dropped and the right wing rose. The airplane then collided with the ground and came to rest on its nose with structural damage to the left wing and forward fuselage. The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures before the accident, and the witness reported that the engine sounded normal during the event. Recorded weather information from nearby airports indicated wind from the south; one airport reported gusts of up to 29 knots. The pilot subsequently reported that the accident was the result of wind gusts that he had not anticipated.

Probable Cause: The pilot's inadequate compensation for gusting tailwind conditions, which resulted in a loss of airplane control during the landing flare.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: ERA17LA083
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 10 months
Download report: Final report



FAA register: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=3156K



Photo: NTSB

Revision history:

11-Jan-2017 23:35 Geno Added
11-Jan-2017 23:41 Geno Updated [Time, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
11-Nov-2018 08:35 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Accident report, ]
11-Nov-2018 10:26 harro Updated [Source, Narrative, Photo]

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