Accident Maule MXT-7-180A N4257C, Saturday 11 October 2008
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Date:Saturday 11 October 2008
Type:Silhouette image of generic M7 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Maule MXT-7-180A
Registration: N4257C
MSN: 21070C
Total airframe hrs:851 hours
Engine model:Lycoming O&VO-360 SER
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Santa Teresa, NM -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Santa Teresa, NM (5t6)
Destination airport:Springerville, AZ (D68)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Witnesses observed the airplane taxi and perform an intersection takeoff directly towards an isolated thunderstorm located off the departure end of the runway. The airplane appeared to climb to 150 to 200 feet above the ground before disappearing from view as it went into the storm. One witness stated that the airplane's wings were rocking back and forth and that it appeared the pilot was having difficulty controlling the airplane, just before it went out of view. Five to ten minutes later, after the storm moved past, smoke was seen rising approximately one mile west of the airport. The airplane was destroyed by post impact fire. Weather radar data showed the thunderstorm was producing an approximate 60 knot wind shear at the time of the accident. There was a SIGMET active for the accident location and time which warned of the possibility of severe thunderstorms. There was no evidence the pilots obtained a weather briefing prior to taking off.
Probable Cause: The pilot's decision to takeoff and fly into a thunderstorm.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CEN09FA010
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 11 months
Download report: Final report





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Revision history:

14-Oct-2008 09:36 harro Updated
14-Oct-2008 10:20 harro Updated
19-Oct-2008 23:42 angels one five Updated
07-Jul-2009 11:36 harro Updated
03-Dec-2017 12:09 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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